Airstrikes Ongoing Despite UN Endorsement of Syrian Cease-fire

New Zealand's U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, left, and Russia's ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, raise their hands as they join other members of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in passing a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, Dec. 31, 2016.
New Zealand’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, left, and Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, raise their hands as they join other members of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in passing a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, Dec. 31, 2016.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously endorsed the cease-fire in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey, but reports from the war zone said the truce was at risk.

Syrian rebels said repeated airstrikes by the Syrian government and its Russian allies could scuttle the two-day-old truce. Conflict monitors said warplanes were pounding rebel-held villages and towns northwest of Damascus, in the strategically important Barada Valley.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the civil war closely, said it had no immediate reports of casualties in Barada, but that the area had been hit multiple times since Friday, with 10 separate airstrikes during the morning hours of Saturday alone. Syria’s military denied Friday that it had carried out such raids.

Reports from northern Syria said at least nine people, including four children, had been killed northeast of Aleppo, near the town of al-Bab. Witnesses said it was unclear whether the attacking warplanes were Syrian or Russian.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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