October 27th, 2012
03:33 AM ET

Syria's temporary cease-fire unravels

[Updated at 5:13 a.m.] The Syrian government accused "terrorists" of targeting a church with a car bomb in Deir Ezzor, according to a report on the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency. The government called it a violation of a temporary four-day truce called over the observance of the Muslim religious holiday Eid al-Adha.

The government allegation appears to contrast an opposition activist claim that the military police building in the eastern Syrian city looked to be the target. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

[Updated at 4:49 a.m.] At least 12 people have been killed in fighting across Syria on Saturday, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

Among the casualties were six people killed in and around the capital city of Damascus and two in Deir Ezzor, the LCC said. The group does not include the number of Syrian government forces killed in its casualty count.  But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights puts the number of government forces killed in Deir Ezzor on Saturday at three.

[Posted at 3:33 a.m.] Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels was reported early Saturday in the flashpoint city of Deir Ezzor, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria.

The opposition claims of violence in the eastern Syrian city came a day after a temporary cease-fire appeared to unravel  just hours after it began Friday amid reports of violence that left more than 100 dead.

The temporary truce negotiated by U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called on President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the main rebel group to halt fighting during the revered Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. The four-day holiday begins at the height of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia that annually draws an estimated two million worshipers.

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