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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  1. dazzle ©

    I have no clue as to why you find me so interesting that you repeatedly hijack my name.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©


    Now that is a headline I never expected to see.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      As if there was ever a cease-fire in the first place...
      Those who "agreed" apparently had their fingers crossed behind their backs...

      October 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hide Behind

    You cannot unravel a cease fire there is either firing or not.
    The agreement was never between all parptys con erned but just between the Gov forces and the group US and UN are trying toput in place after govoverthrown.
    There are multiple groups also trying to curry favor of multiple outdide forces as well as a very large contingent of Kurds wiho dt give a care who backs who as long as they end up the sameway US and UN formed Kurdistan out of Iraq.
    In case noone noticed in none of the so called autum spring nations has quietcame.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There was a cat who loved to get drunk, so he went to the bar down town on the other side of the tracks.

    He stayed all night long and got so wasted he could barely stand up, let alone walk.

    The cat starts to stumble home.

    As he comes to the train tracks he doesn't notice a train as it is coming his way.

    The cat starts to cross the track and the train is right on him.

    Just as he crosses, the train goes on by, but the cat was not all the way over and the train ran over the his tail, the cat turns it's head to see were his tail is and the train cuts his head clean off.

    Moral of the Story: Don't lose your head over a little piece of tail!

    October 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    @bobcat, hello to you. I'm just in time for a cat joke, lol. Hope you are well.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol SOMEONE totally missed the moral of the story i see! And i have cats too and love them dearly but that joke was still funny! Its called fiction vs reality, which you KR should know alot about.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |