Syria conflict: rebels threaten to pull out of peace talks

Jan 03, 2017, 1:48 AM EST
Syrian rebels accuse the government of several ceasefire violations.
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Accusing the Syrian government of committing “many and large” ceasefire violations, the rebel groups on Monday threatened to boycott the peace conference scheduled in Astana, Kazakhstan for later this month. A statement signed by a number of Syrian rebel factions claimed that the region of Wadi Barada near Damascus was subjected to daily bombings, with the government forces and the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group continuing their advance in the area.

A fragile ceasefire, brokered by Turkey and Russia, has been in place across Syria since Friday, writes the BBC. The military dismissed the allegations that it attempted to recapture the rebel-held areas during the ongoing truce.

The announcement by the Syrian rebels comes two days after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution with a unanimous vote, welcoming the Russia-Turkey initiative to end the six-year long bloodshed it the Middle East nation, reports Sky News.