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No Eid al-Adha truce for Syrian city of Aleppo
International envoys have failed to broker a truce in Syria for the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. FRANCE 24 reports from the city of Aleppo, where fighting rages on.
The ceasefire negotiated by UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhda Brahimi has failed to hold in Syria. FRANCE 24’s special correspondents in the city of Aleppo documented fighting between the Syrian army and rebels during the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha (see video above).
"The ceasefire is only for the media. On the ground, there is no such thing,” a doctor at a hospital in Aleppo – Syria’s second largest city – told FRANCE 24. “Many are wounded by snipers. There are fewer air strikes, but mortar blasts continue.”
Hospital staff said dozens of injured fighters and civilians were being brought in daily, with medical resources quickly running out.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 300 people have been killed across the country in fighting since Friday, the day the truce was supposed to start.
At the same time, hundreds of people continued fleeing the battle-torn city, while those who stayed behind said they were facing food shortages.
According to FRANCE 24’s correspondents, large parts of Aleppo have been reduced to rubble while the rivalling sides continue to defend neighbourhoods they control.