Syrian Opposition Reports Over 100 Ceasefire Violations in 5 Days

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This undated image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Two weeks of fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and other rebel forces in Syria has killed more than 1,000 people, an activist group said Thursday, as clashes raged between the rival factions in a northwestern town. The fighting pitting the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other groups are the most serious among rebel forces since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. (AP Photo/militant website)

The Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) reports civilian casualties resulting from ceasefire violations in various cities in the country, head of the committee Riad Hijab said in a statement obtained by RIA Novosti.

HNC representatives have recorded over 100 ceasefire violations in the course of five days that have led to over 40 deaths and left more than 90 injured in Syria, including women and children, according to the statement.

No other information on alleged ceasefire violations was provided by HNC.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting against numerous opposition factions and extremist groupsю

Last week, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire took effect on Saturday. The cessation of hostilities does not apply to groups designated by the United Nations to be terrorist organizations, such as Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), outlawed in a number of countries worldwide including Russia.

The HNC, which was created in Saudi Arabia in December, includes representatives of some groups considered to be terrorist organizations by Syria and Russia, and is one of the opposition delegations participating in the UN-brokered talks on the Syrian settlement launched late January and later put on hold.

On March 7, the UN-brokered intra-Syrian reconciliation negotiations are set to restart in Geneva to work out a permanent Syria truce.

 

 

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