Syrian army truce expires, no news of extension

A Syrian army soldier looks out from a window as smoke rises from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya. (File photo: Reuters)

A seven-day ceasefire declared by the Syrian army expired at midnight, with no immediate announcement of its extension on Monday. The “regime of calm” was announced on Sept. 12 following a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia.

Both rebels and the government have accused each other of numerous violations of the ceasefire, the second this year.

In its statement announcing the “calm”, the army had said it would expire at 11:59 p.m. (2059 GMT) on Sunday.

The US and Russia have said that if it holds for seven days, it should be followed by the establishment of a Joint Implementation Center for both countries to coordinate the targeting of ISIS and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Despite largely holding, the cease-fire has been repeatedly violated by both sides, and aid convoys have not reached besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and one-time commercial center, which has been the center of violence in recent months. Aid delivery to Aleppo is part of the US-Russia cease-fire deal.

(With the Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48