Syrian army declares ceasefire over, says rebels violated deal

The Syrian army declared the end of a week-long ceasefire in the country on Monday, blaming rebels for violating the agreement brokered by the United State and Russia.

The army, in a statement carried by state news agency SANA, said the rebels breached the deal 300 times. The opposition has also accused the government of violating the deal during the past week.

"It was a real chance to stop the bloodshed, but the armed terrorist groups flouted this agreement and failed to comply with the application of any provision of its clauses," the army statement said, adding that its forces had tried to exercise "restraint."

More than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian civil war, which started in 2011 with protests against President Bashar al-Assad and escalated as the government cracked down brutally.

Last update: Mon, 19/09/2016 - 17:59

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