Scores killed in Syria af­ter new truce deal

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A BARRAGE of airstrikes on re­bel­held ar­eas in Syria have killed scores of peo­ple, just hours af­ter the govern­ment in Damascus ap­proved a US-Rus­sian plan to halt fight­ing in the coun­try’s civil war.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear who car­ried out the raids, which hit the key north­ern cities of Idlib and Aleppo, which are held by rebels.

But they came as a new cease­fire, agreed as part of a land­mark deal bro­kered by Rus­sia and the US, was set to be­gin to­day, the first day of the Mus­lim holiday of Eid al-Adha, al­low­ing much-needed aid to reach the be­lea­guered civil­ian pop­u­la­tion.

The regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad ap­proved the truce deal on Septem­ber 10, but the main op­po­si­tion group was more cau­tious. Syr­ian state news agency SANA re­ported that the “govern­ment has ap­proved the agree­ment, and a ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties will be­gin in Aleppo for hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons”.

Cit­ing “in­formed sources”, the agency said “the en­tire agree­ment was reached with the knowl­edge of the Syr­ian govern­ment”.

De­spite the ap­par­ent break­through, the killing con­tin­ued, with deadly bomb­ing raids on the rebel strong­hold of Idlib prov­ince.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said 58 peo­ple were killed in raids on var­i­ous neigh­bour­hoods of Idlib city, in­clud­ing a mar­ket, but it was not im­me­di­ately clear who car­ried out the strikes.

The toll in­cluded 13 women and 13 chil­dren, it said.

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