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Violence continues in Syria despite declared cease-fire

English.news.cn   2012-10-28 02:08:59            
 • Violence in unrest-tormented Syria continued unabatedly Saturday.
 • Armed groups targeted five water pumps in Slaiman al-Halabi district in Aleppo, the state TV said.
 • The army responded to the attacks and killed a number of " terrorists."


DAMASCUS, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Violence in unrest-tormented Syria continued unabatedly Saturday, the second day of Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, despite a declared cease-fire.

Armed groups targeted five water pumps in Slaiman al-Halabi district in the northern city of Aleppo, the state TV said, adding that it caused water outage in some parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the Sham FM radio said armed men stopped a passenger bus in Andan area in Aleppo and set it on fire, killing 14 civilian passengers.

Other pro-government media said armed groups opened fire on the Syrian troops in the northern province of Idlib and suburbs of the capital Damascus such as Douma, Harasta, Zamalka and Arbeen.

The army responded to the attacks and killed a number of " terrorists," the reports said.

Opposition activists, meanwhile, said the Syrian war jets raided the restive eastern suburbs of Damascus and killed many people.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activists' network, said 39 people were killed Saturday nationwide.

With the conflicting parties blaming each other, hopes for a workable cease-fire proposed by UN-Arab League joint special representative Lakhdar Brahimi have faded away.

Brahimi has been shuttling among regional countries to push for the truce during the four-day Eid al-Adha as a prelude for further pacification. However, the Muslim feast started on Friday and the violence continued unabatedly.


Syrian opposition disrupts truce: Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian opposition has broken the cease-fire announced by the government during the Muslim holidays, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Saturday.

"Westerners again block the condemnation of terror attack in Damascus at the UN Security Council (UNSC), and the opposition breaks the truce. Its course toward continuing violence is obvious, " Gatilov said on his Twitter account. Full story

Syrian army to hit back hard at "terrorists": general command

DAMASCUS, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army's general command stressed Saturday its determination to decisively repulse all " criminal acts" committed by "terrorists", adding that those " terrorists" have violated the cease-fire for the next consecutive day.

In a statement aired on the state TV, the general command recounted a number of violations committed by the armed rebels in a number of Syrian areas on Saturday, mainly an attack on five water pumps in the northern city of Aleppo that resulted in a water outage in the western part of the city. Full story

Editor: Fang Yang
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