Hama-based rebel group withdraws from Syria ceasefire

January 30, 2017 12:53

BEIRUT - A rebel group fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner in northwest Syria has withdrawn from a shaky nationwide ceasefire, blaming the government and its allies for violations.

"Due to Russia's lack of commitment as a guarantor... we announce that, as of today, we are not bound by this agreement," Jaish al-Ezza, a signatory to the deal brokered by Russia and Turkey, said in a statement on Sunday.The group said its decision was in response to what it described as heavy Russian bombardment of its positions and surrounding areas in Hama province.

Fighting and air strikes have plagued the ceasefire between the government and rebel groups since it took effect in late December, with the combatants accusing each other of violations.

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