This Wednesday the ceasefire allowed rebel fighters to kill 20 soldiers of the Syrian regime. According to the UN this becomes the latest violation of the three-week truce that both sides are flouting.
The rebel assault claimed the lives of 15 soldiers, including two colonels. The attack occurred during a dawn ambush in the northern province of Aleppo, where two rebel fighters also perished. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights informed that the attack was near Al-Rai village, shortly after President Bashar al-Assad forces “scaled up military operations” since the truce took effect on April 12.
Meanwhile Damascus has suffered clashes as the army shelled homes of activists in eastern Deir Ezzor province. However six troops died during the operative. The UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous stated that Syrian troops have kept heavy weapons in cities and that the government as well as the rebels has violated the truce. (AV)