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Syria truce hangs in the balance amid attacks, lack of aid


Syrian army regains areas lost to IS after US-led airstrike

“Only the Syrian government forces have observed the cessation of hostilities over the past six days since it came into effect. while militants attacks against the Syrian army are on the rise”, the ministry’s spokesman Maj.

Syria’s ceasefire was on the brink of collapsing on Sunday, after a US-led coalition strike killed dozens of Syrian soldiers and Aleppo city was hit by its first raids in almost a week.

The so-called “regime of calm” was declared by the Syrian army last Monday following a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russian Federation.

The raid escalated tensions between Russian Federation and the USA as the Syrian ceasefire faltered, with a fresh barrage of air strikes by aircraft on rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo.

Moscow laid the blame for Sunday’s violence squarely on the opposition.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency on Sunday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying the move violated Syria’s sovereignty and “showed that terrorist groups enjoy us support in Syria”.

A senior Syrian opposition figure says the U.S. -Russia-brokered cease-fire that went into effect in Syria a week ago is now “clinically dead”.

In Venezuela, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said the US -led coalition strikes were meant to sink the ceasefire.

The U.S. government has sent its regrets to the Syrian government through Russian Federation, but Syrian leaders claim that the attack was not an accident at all, and insist that it confirms their long-held view that the United States is actively supporting ISIS in a bid to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Australia will continue conducting air strikes in Syria despite being part of a botched operation that killed almost 100 Syrian soldiers who had been fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, Defence Minister Marise Payne has confirmed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group with contacts across Syria, cited a military source at Deir Ezzor airport as saying at least 90 Syrian soldiers had been killed. “The coalition air strike was halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military”.

However, in an interview to BBC World TV, Assad’s media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban, said: “The United States, the superpower, the greatest country in the world, makes mistakes in targeting the army?”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a strongly worded statement that the United States’ position on the incident was “unconstructive and inarticulate”.

President Bashar Assad’s government views all those fighting against it as “terrorists”, and has long accused the US and other rebel supporters of backing extremists.

At least 62 Syrian soldiers were killed in the strike.

The Syrian army has been fighting off an offensive by the militant Islamic State (IS) group around the key Deir Ezzor airbase since past year. Australian, British and Danish warplanes were also involved in the attack.

Damascus said that the attack had allowed Daesh to advance in the area, but government forces, backed by Russian air power, later recaptured the positions they had lost to militants, the Observatory said. A correspondent in Aleppo’s Karam al-Jabal district saw several wounded children after a raid.

Also Sunday, the Syrian government and opposition reported violations of the cease-fire.