After 5 years of uninterrupted war, Damascus marks the end of all hope for peace in Syria. In a statement, the government army has officially announced the end of the truce, which had been in force since Monday, 9 September, following an agreement reached by Russia and the United States. The interruption of the ceasefire arrives well in advance of the deadline, that is, at midnight.
Frost between US and Russia
Bashar Al Assad’s regime points its finger at the Syrian Liberation Army, accused of having sabotaged the deal, repeatedly violating the truce. The news was in the air. In the last few hours, military action was resumed in many regions of the country. “The situation concerning the cease-fire leaves much to be desired”, stressed Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. According to Moscow, the only part that was still respecting the agreement was the Syrian army. Besides, according to Russia, it “made no sense” for Damascus to keep respecting the truce in Syria, given that the rebels kept “violating it all the time.” Considering that “the conditions at the basis of the cease-fire are not observed – explained the General Sergei Rudskoy to a TV channel -, we think it makes no sense for the government forces to adapt to it unilaterally.”
Even President Assad accused the United States of having put in place a “flagrant aggression” on Syria, bombing military posts from Damascus to Deir el-Zour. The Pentagon admitted it as a mistake. According to Assad, Washington “supports terrorist organizations” and its actions were in Isis’ “interests”.
It is still to figure out how will the question of humanitarian aid be handled in the scenario that will be defined in the near future. One of the aims of this truce was to facilitate the arrival of essential goods to the areas that have suffered the most because of fighting. A convoy of 45 humanitarian aid trucks entered the besieged city of Telbise, in the central Syrian province of Homs. The caravan, organized by the UN and by the Syrian Red Crescent, is destined to 84,000 people.