DUBAI - The commander of Syria's main armed rebel group has threatened to resume attacks on Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, saying he could no longer stand idle while a government crackdown on protests continued, a pan-Arab newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The statement from Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Colonel Riad al-Asaad will deal a further blow to a ragged UN-backed ceasefire agreement that both sides are accused of disregarding.

"We will not stand with folded arms because we are not able to tolerate and wait while killings, arrests and shelling continue despite the presence of the (United Nations)observers who have turned into false witnesses," Asaad said, according to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

"Our people are also demanding we defend them in the absence of any serious steps by the Security Council which is giving the regime a chance to commit more crimes," he added.

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