Syria ceasefire a failure: Rebel commander
BEIRUT (AFP) - UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's ceasefire plan to stop fighting in Syria has been a failure, a rebel commander said today, after almost 150 people reportedly died on the first day of the truce.
"This is a failure for Brahimi. This initiative was dead before it started," Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) military council in the northern city of Aleppo, told AFP by telephone.
Mr Assad's forces and the FSA had both agreed to a call by Mr Brahimi to lay down their arms for the four-day Eid, but both also reserved the right to respond to attacks.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 146 people were killed in bombings, artillery fire and fighting on the first day of the truce yesterday.