Despite holiday truce, violence and finger-pointing continue in Syria
Syrian rebels run through the streets of Aleppo on Friday..
October 26th, 2012
07:01 PM ET

Despite holiday truce, violence and finger-pointing continue in Syria

Instead of celebrating the Muslim holiday in peace - as was hoped for, after the Syrian government and rebels agreed to a truce - Friday in Syria was marred by yet more violence.

Some 103 people were found dead– among them 39 in and around Damascus, including 10 killed in one explosion - on the first day of what was supposed to be a four-day cease-fire for Eid al-Adha, the opposition Local Coordination Committees reported.

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The same group pointed to more than 292"violations" of the truce by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, including gunfire and shelling.

Syrian state media, meanwhile, accused "terrorists," a term it commonly uses for opposition fighters, of being responsible for acts of violence Friday around the Middle Eastern nation.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, for example, reported car bombings in Damascus and Daraa and attacks on civilians outside the Syrian capital. Armed men fired at military checkpoints in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor, while "terrorist groups" from Lebanon shot at border guards, Syrian state TV reported.

While Friday itself was supposed to be peaceful, violence is hardly new to Syria. The unrest began more than 19 months ago when the government clamped down on opposition calls for reform, and since then the situation has devolved into a bloody civil war that has left thousands of people dead.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The Syrian government and rebels agreed to a truce.
    That's kinda like the first time they agreed on any peace of any kind since fighting broke out.
    Too bad they will not end the war, with those same ideals.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Yeah, yeah, I see you on the Belief Blog nattering on the same thing...

    As to this latest story, color me surprised.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |