Syrian Truce Might Be Crumbling Already

Four people killed in first few hours of four-day 'ceasefire'

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 26, 2012 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just hours after it began, fighting broke out during what was supposed to be a four-day ceasefire between Syrian troops and rebel fighters in honor of the Eid al-Adha holiday, reports Reuters. Activists say four people were killed by tank fire and snipers in a Damascus suburb, and a Reuters journalist reported hearing four rounds of tank fire near the Turkish border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that rebels had also violated the ceasefire by storming an army base near the Damascus-Aleppo highway. Still, fighting has diminished elsewhere, notes AP.

In this Oct. 24 photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter sights a government position as rebel fighters belonging to the Liwa Al Tawhid group carry out a military operation.   (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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