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Thursday 17 April 2014

Doubts over envoy's Syrian ceasefire claims

UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that the Syrian regime has agreed to a ceasefire over the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha was met with scepticism and confusion, as questions were raised over the truce's implementation and whether rebel factions would agree to it.

The Syrian government said it was still in the process of "studying" the proposal, just hours after Mr Brahimi said that President Bashar al-Assad's regime had accepted to lay down arms over the Eid holiday, which begins tomorrow in Syria.

In the country's north-west, rebels and regime forces remained locked in battle, with fighter jets strafing positions near the town of Maarat al-Numan on a key supply line for regime troops in Aleppo, which had fallen into rebel hands.

The Free Syrian Army said it would only abide by the truce if the government puts down its weapons first, while Al-Nusra Front, an extremist group linked with al-Qa'ida, rejected it. (©Independent News Service)

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