23 January 2018

Clashes reported despite truce

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Fighting between government and rebel forces has been reported in parts of Syria despite a nationwide truce coming into force overnight. reports that, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said there had been fierce clashes and air strikes in northern Hama province.

There was also fighting in Wadi Barada, a key valley near Damascus, it added.

There has so far been no comment from Turkey and Russia, which brokered the truce in a bid to restart peace talks.

Several armed groups, including so-called Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdish YPG militia, are excluded from the initiative.

2016.12.30 / 20:58
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