Oct 26 2012
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UPDATE: Syria Ceasefire Has 'Collapsed' in Several Regions - Watchdog
Friday, Oct 26, 2012
BEIRUT (AFP)--A ceasefire between the Syrian army and rebel forces that took effect Friday has collapsed in several regions amid fighting, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"The ceasefire has collapsed in several regions of Syria but there is still less violence and fewer victims than usual," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
In Damascus, clashes erupted between rebels and troops in the southern neighborhood of Assali while a car bomb exploded in the nearby district of Tadamun, where a separate car bombing killed six people two days before.
"There are no reports of fighting at the moment in (Harasta), which saw violent clashes over the past few days," the watchdog said.
In a video posted to Youtube by activists in Homs, clouds of black smoke can be seen rising into the sky among bombed out buildings as three explosions rock the area within a minute.
"Homs, from the heart of the besieged area. Homs city is being bombed on the first day of Eid," screams a man from behind the shaking camera.
"God is greatest," he wails.
This video cannot be verified independently due to severe media restrictions imposed by the regime.
The Observatory said security forces also fired at demonstrators, who came out for weekly anti-regime protests, but the regime and main rebels groups have not indicated they would abandon the truce.
"Violent clashes started around 10:30 am (0730 GMT) around the Wadi Deif base. The army responded by bombing the neighboring village of Deir Sharqi," Abdel Rahman told AFP.
He said that among the rebels at the battle were members of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front, which said it would not respect the truce between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the main rebel Free Syrian Army group.
The 19-month Syrian conflict, which began as a peaceful uprising but steadily militarized after being met with violent state repression, has cost more than 35,000 lives according to the Observatory.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
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