Rebels in a new face-off with Assad regime

Apr 19, 2016, 3:10 AM EDT
Syrian rebels
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Accusing Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad of repeated ceasefire violations, Syrian rebels warned of fresh retaliatory action against the government’s use of force in north-western Syria. As tensions simmered in the country, Syria’s opposition delegation pulled out from peace talks in Geneva saying that it would formally resume the negotiations once Assad’s regime shows greater committment to achieving a political solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Al Jazeera writes:

Riad Hijab, the leader of the opposition coalition, slammed Assad saying that bombing of civilians and peace talks cannot occur simultaneously The move to temporarily boycott peace talks comes after a fresh offensive by Assad’s forces in Aleppo city last week, which left 22 civilians killed as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said the five-year long internal conflict in Syria could not be resolved overnight and that he expected the opposition to be onboard for “technical discussions.”

The BBC reports:

The peace talks, which failed to create any positive impact, were further derailed when the Syrian opposition delegation criticized Staffan de Mistura’s proposal that would allow Assad to continue holding office. The rebel groups reportedly carried carry out fresh strikes in the province of Latakia and in neighboring Hama, thus casting a shadow on the temporary truce agreed to between Assad’s regime and rebels in February after intervention from the U.S. and Russia.