Syrian Army announces: The ceasefire has come to an end

The Syrian Army announced this evening that the week afforded to the ceasefire in the country has come to an end and according to human rights organizations, aircraft have already attacked areas near Aleppo. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Russia are holding talks in Geneva in order to try to extend the ceasefire.
The ceasefire has come to an end Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

The Syrian Army announced this evening (Monday) that the ceasefire in the country has come to an end. According to the announcement, the week afforded to the ceasefire has ended and aircraft have already been spotted flying over Aleppo. The United States and Russia are currently holding discreet talks in Geneva in order to try to extend the ceasefire.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Homs declared that he is determined to complete the operation to evacuate the rebels from Aleppo but noted that the evacuation may be delayed. At this point, it is still unclear just how the collapse of the ceasefire will affect the process.

Both the Syrian Army and the rebel groups have spoken openly about their wishes to return to the battlefield. The Syrian Army blamed the “terrorist groups” of exploiting the ceasefire in order to rearm themselves and claimed that the rebels violated the ceasefire around 300 times. Assad’s army reiterated its commitment to “fight against the terror in order to restore stability to the region.”

Despite the Syrian Army’s announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that it was still too early to declare an end to the ceasefire and stressed that only Washington and Moscow could make such a declaration because they were the ones who agreed upon the ceasefire.

The U.S. State Department noted that it was willing to continue the talks with Russia in order to extend the ceasefire and allow for the transferal of aid to the residents of besieged cities in Syria despite the violations that occurred during the week. The U.S. also demanded that Russia clarify its stance in light of the Syrian Army’s announcement that the ceasefire has come to an end.

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