Syrian opposition says Russia steps up bombing despite truce deal

February 23, 2016 20:51


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BEIRUT - The main Syrian opposition council said Russia had stepped up air strikes since a US-Russian ceasefire plan was announced on Monday and that it feared worse was to come in the days before the agreement is due to take effect on Saturday.

Salem al-Muslet, a spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), also reiterated opposition fears that Russia will use the agreement to target Free Syrian Army rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

He said some terms of the deal indicated that it was heavily influenced by Russia and were obscure. "We fear that Russia will use this agreement to target the moderate factions in Syria," Muslet said in a telephone interview with Reuters.

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