Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Syrian Rebels Quit Peace Truce Due to Govt.Hits; Renew Firing at Govt. Troops Violating Ceasefire

Syrian rebel groups announced yesterday that they have decided to freeze any talks about their participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies end what it said were violations of a ceasefire, The Guardian website reports today (January 3, 2017).

In a statement, the rebel groups also said that any territorial advances by the army and Iran-backed militias that are fighting alongside it would end the fragile ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey -- which back opposing sides in Syria -- that came into effect on December 30.

"The regime and its allies have continued firing and committed many and large violations," said the statement signed by a number of rebel groups.

Rebels say the Syrian army is seeking to recapture the rebel-controlled area northwest of Damascus, which contains a spring that provides most of Damascus's water and which lies on a major supply route from Lebanon to the Syrian capital.

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