Syria: Tentative truce to begin after surge in killing

    Syria: Tentative truce to begin after surge in killing

    Sept.12, Aleppo: A ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the US is set to begin at sundown after a weekend of government raids killed scores of civilians, but there are concerns about whether it will hold.

    The tentative truce , announced after marathon talks by the Russian and US foreign ministers last week, has cautiously reawakened hopes of ending a five-year civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions from the country.

    The Free Syrian Army group, a leading rebel alliance, said it would observe it from sundown on Monday as agreed but with major reservations.

    The alliance wrote to Washington on Sunday, saying that while it would "cooperate positively" with the ceasefire, it was concerned it would benefit the government.

    Another leading rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, which is seen as a "terrorist group" both by the US and Russia, rejected the deal, saying it would strengthen the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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