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Syria's truce passes with abject failure amid incessant bombings, clashes

English.news.cn   2012-10-30 06:39:21            
 • Bombings and clashes marked the last day of the tattered cease-fire in Syria on Monday.
 • The incessant violence across Syria have practically unraveled the UN-backed cease-fire deal.
 • Commenting on the faltering cease-fire, Brahimi said "I call it a pause, not a truce or ceasefire ...."


DAMASCUS, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Bombings and clashes marked the last day of the tattered cease-fire in Syria on Monday, further challenging the international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, the godfather of the truce deal in the unrest-ravaged country.

At least 11 people were killed and scores of others wounded on Monday, when a car bomb blasted in the Jaramana suburb of the capital Damascus, the state-media said.

Another booby-trapped car ripped through the al-Hajar al-Aswad suburb of Damascus, leaving undisclosed number of killed people, including children and women, local media said, giving no exact figure of the slain.

Also in Damascus Monday, a sound bomb resounded in Damascus' district of Eimarieh near a garden where children were playing, but caused no damages.

Meanwhile, the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a group of activists' documenting the anti-government movement on ground, reported clashes and government troops' bombardment and airstrikes on a number of hotspots in Syria, mainly the rebels' strongholds near Damascus.

The LCC said that as many as 113 people had been killed nationwide Monday, however, the death toll was impossible of being checked independently.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army's general command reiterated pledges to defend the homeland and smash terrorism.

In a statement carried by the state-run SANA news agency, the general command said the armed groups in Syria have continued their violation to the cease-fire for the fourth consecutive day, adding that those armed groups have launched mortar attack on an army site in the southern part of Damascus and targeted a center for security agents at the Damascus suburb of Harasta.

The statement said the central province of Hama and the northern province of Aleppo also witnessed Monday several violations of the cease-fire, in addition to the northeastern province of Idlib and eastern Deir al-Zour.

It reasserted the army's commitment to defending the homeland, crushing terrorism, and restoring security and stability "to every span" of the homeland.

The incessant violence across Syria have practically unraveled the UN-backed cease-fire deal, with government forces and armed groups blaming each other for the incessant fighting, now in its 19th month.

The cease-fire has been put forward by UN-Arab League special representative Brahimi, who pushed the conflicting parties in Syria to observe a truce during the Eid al- Adha.

Brahimi's truce, which supposedly went into effect on Friday, has been strained by consistent fighting between rebels and government forces.

Speaking during his visit to Moscow on Monday, Brahimi said that he had come to Moscow "to have more discussions about the very serious problem in Syria."

"I have said, and I believe it is worth repeating again and again, that the Syrian crisis is very dangerous," he said, adding that "the situation is bad and is getting worse and the entire international community has got to come together and help the people of Syria find solutions to the crisis."

Commenting on the faltering cease-fire in Syria, Brahimi said that "I call it a pause, not a truce or ceasefire ... What I did was just really make an appeal to all those who are fighting inside Syria, to give their people a respite for few days."

In an apparent reference to the extremist groups in Syria that have refused and rubbished the truce, Brahimi said that "some people did say that they will not participate in the ceasefire, maybe because they thought that the other side would not respect the ceasefire."

"I am terribly sorry ... that this appeal has not been heard at the level we hoped it would," he said, but noted that this "will not discourage us, it will not discourage us because Syria is very important, because the people of Syria deserve our support."

"So we shall continue to work as hard as we possibly can and we need the cooperation of everybody, inside Syria and outside of Syria, to bring the level of violence down, put an end to it and launch the road for a new Syria."

The envoy, however, made it clear that the UN is not considering, yet, sending a peacekeeping mission to Syria, without shunning aside the possibility in the future.

"If and when the Security Council decides to send a peacekeeping mission as part of the effort to help the Syrian people, then DPKO (Department of Peacekeeping Operations) will be ready. So there is no plan for the moment to send a peacekeeping mission but just contingency planning, because this may indeed become a possibility in the future," he said.

Brahimi, the veteran Algerian diplomat, said that Syria is in a state of civil war. "What we say is that yes, it is indeed a civil war. I saw a women speaking on one of the television channels saying that she has one son in the regular army, and another son is in the Free Syrian Army. If that is not a civil war, I don't know what it is."

"So we think that this civil war must end. The Syrians must come together and solve their problems. There are very serious problems. And the new Syria has to be built by all its sons and daughters of course. And the support of the international community, starting with their neighbors, and countries like Russia and the other members of the Security Council is indispensable," he was concluded as saying.


11 killed in Damascus blast: radio

DAMASCUS, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A total of 11 people were killed Monday when "terrorists" blasted a car in Jaramana suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, Sham FM radio reported.Full Story 

15 injured in Damascus blast: state media

DAMASCUS, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 people were injured Monday when "terrorists" blasted a car in Jaramana suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported, adding that the material damage is "huge."Full Story

Blast rocks suburb of Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- An explosive device ripped through the Syrian capital Damascus' suburb of Jaramana on Monday, witnesses told Xinhua.Full Story

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