Terms of Holiday Ceasefire Show Tensions in Syria

Both sides of the Syrian conflict agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, though the myriad conditions highlighted continuing tensions and rendered the ceasefire virtually meaningless.

The Syrian government and the rebel Free Syrian Army agreed to halt military conflict for four days, though the government reserved the right to respond to terrorist attacks, movement intended to solidify terrorist positions, and defend its borders against terrorist movement.

While the Free Syrian Army agreed to halt aggressions, reports before the ceasefire began said numerous rebel factions would not be respecting the ceasefire.

The international community welcomed news of the ceasefire, but on the day before it was to take effect, 106 people were killed in combat, including 33 in the capital city of Damascus. Even when the ceasefire was underway, there were reports of continued activity by both the military and rebel forces, each blaming the other for continued hostilities during the ceasefire.

Over 32,000 Syrians have been killed since the civil war broke out in March 2011.

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