Friday 15 December 2017

Syrian rebels abandon ceasefire and 'kill 100'

Anti-regime citizens look at a Syrian tank that was destroyed during clashes between rebels and Syrian government forces, at the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province. Photo: AP
Anti-regime citizens look at a Syrian tank that was destroyed during clashes between rebels and Syrian government forces, at the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province. Photo: AP

Ruth Sherlock in Beirut

SYRIA'S rebels said yesterday they have killed as many as 100 government soldiers in the most ferocious opposition offensive of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad as they announced a formal repudiation of a UN-backed ceasefire.

The Free Syrian Army declared that it was no longer bound by a ceasefire plan brokered by Kofi Annan.

Rebel leaders said they had authorised the resumption of full-scale military operations after the Syrian leader ignored their ultimatum to comply with the terms of Mr Annan's plan by last Friday.

The rebels overran six army checkpoints in the northern province of Idlib, killing scores of soldiers. They also mounted a series of ambushes close to the capital Damascus and there were reports of operations elsewhere in the country. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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