Syrian troops clashed with defecting soldiers Friday near the border with Turkey, opposition activists said, violating a cease-fire that went into effect a day earlier.
The clashes occurred in the Kherbet Joz village, which borders Turkey.
Both sides have reported cases of scattered violence since the cease-fire was implemented at dawn Thursday, but the border clashes are the first major violation, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria on Thursday after the truce cast relative calm over cities and towns previously pounded by government forces.
"Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground," Kofi Annan, the special international envoy who brokered the peace plan, said at the time. "This is bringing much-needed relief and hope to the Syrian people who have suffered so much for so long in this brutal conflict. This must now be sustained."FULL STORY