Truce in tatters as fighting, air raids rock Syria
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Fighting raged across Syria and air raids struck near Damascus and in the north on Saturday after a ceasefire declared for a Muslim holiday collapsed, with at least 221 people killed since it was due to take effect.
The truce for the Eid al-Adha holiday that started Friday - conditionally agreed by the regime and the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) - had raised the prospect of the first real halt to the fighting after 19 months of conflict.
But after fresh fighting on both Friday and Saturday, rebels and a monitoring group declared the ceasefire well and truly dead.
As clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels continued, a Syrian warplane struck a building in a rebel-held area east of Damascus that has been the scene of heavy fighting for weeks, killing eight.