Monday, February 29, 2016

Russian Airstrikes in Syria Sabotaging Ceasefire; Strike 6 Towns in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib Provinces

Syria's hard-won truce of its six-year conflict began to fray yesterday -- just one day after it went into effect -- as Russian warplanes resumed airstrikes on towns and villages in the north, and rebels fired artillery rounds across several front lines, the Washington Post website reports today (February 29, 2016).

The violence dimmed hopes that the calm that took hold on February 27 will endure long enough to inject new impetus into a wider peace effort.

The Russian planes -- based in northwestern Syria -- struck six towns and villages in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, and Idlib early yesterday, according to monitoring and civil defense groups.

The Russian airstrikes appeared to signal a return to attacks that preceded the effort to end the fighting, in which Russia has helped bolster the fortunes of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally.

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