Syria rebels set truce brokers 48 hour deadline

2016-05-22 21:37

People walk past a burnt vehicle at the site of a suicide bombing suspected to have been carried out by ISIS in the Syrian city of Qamishli. (Delil Souleiman, AFP)

People walk past a burnt vehicle at the site of a suicide bombing suspected to have been carried out by ISIS in the Syrian city of Qamishli. (Delil Souleiman, AFP)

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Beirut - Rebel groups on Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the US and Russian sponsors of a February ceasefire in Syria's conflict to halt a regime offensive in the Damascus area.

"We are giving the sponsors of the ceasefire 48 hours to rescue what remains of the accord and to force the criminal regime of [President Bashar ] Assad and his allies to completely and immediately halt their brutal offensive against Daraya and Eastern Ghouta," 29 rebel groups said in a joint statement.

"In view of the regime's offensive against all the liberated regions, in particular Daraya... we consider the ceasefire accord to have totally collapsed," the groups said.

"Rebel groups will take all possible measures and respond with all means to defend our people and on all fronts until the regime totally halts its offensives against all liberated regions, especially Daraya, and pulls back to its pre-May 14 positions," they said.

Syria's army, backed by Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, on Thursday recaptured the town of Deir al-Assafir and nine nearby villages in the Damascus region, taking advantage of clashes in the Eastern Ghouta area between rival rebel groups Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman which were among those listed on the joint statement.

Hundreds of families fled the area, which Islamist rebels had controlled since 2012.

The town of Daraya, also near the capital, was one of the first to erupt in demonstrations against the government in 2011. It has been under a strict regime siege since late 2012.

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