Syrian regime army announces termination of ceasefire
Sep 20 2016 by Desiree Burns
"Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but [the] coalition would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit", the statement read.
The current tensions come on the heels of the weekend air strike by the USA -led coalition on Syrian army positions near Deir el-Zour. Syrian state media said there were 32 violations by rebels on Sunday alone.
Rudskoi said the rebels violated the truce 302 times since it took effect a week ago, killing 63 civilians and 153 Syrian soldiers. On the other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights placed the death toll at around 90.
The Russian Defense Ministry said there had been reports that elements from the so-called moderate Syrian opposition were merging with militants to carry out large-scale attacks against government forces.
"Coalition forces believed they were striking a Daesh fighting position", the Pentagon said in a statement, referring to the militant group by its Arabic acronym.
The Syrian army said in a statement last week that the seven-day truce ends at midnight Sunday.
The US-led coalition confirmed that a mistaken airstrike killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers fighting ISIS.
"The objective of this U.S. aggression is to bring about the failure of the truce", said Bashar Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations.
A senior military source in Damascus told AFP that the truce would expire at 7pm (4pm GMT) Monday, if no extension was announced.
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Secretary of State John Kerry said it was too early to call the ceasefire finished, and the United Nations said that only Washington and Moscow could declare it over, as they were the ones who had originally agreed it.
No aid deliveries have yet reached the besieged rebel-held part of the northern city of Aleppo, a key point in the agreement.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday as regime forces regained ground lost to the extremists following a USA -led airstrike that hit government forces the day before, state media said.
He said US and Russian officials were meeting in Geneva to try to sort out aid deliveries to Aleppo and other besieged communities.
"It is highly suspicious that the USA chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time", Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said, adding that the strike that killed Syrian soldiers did not look like an honest mistake.
Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of the Aleppo-based group Fastaqim, told Reuters on Monday that there was "no hope" that promised aid would be delivered to besieged east Aleppo, as per the terms of the truce.
The ministry statement came after the Russian military said that continuing rebel violations made it "meaningless" for the Syrian army to respect the deal.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the Syrian opposition forces, backed by Turkish troops and tanks, are determined to advance toward al-Bab to clear the region of terror threats.
The ceasefire's co-sponsors, Russian Federation and the United States, have each blamed one another, with relations strained even further after the US-led raid on Saturday.