The Straits Times
Published on Oct 28, 2012

Peace efforts look forward after Syria truce collapses


DAMASCUS (AFP) - Fighting and air raids shook Syria today as the international community looked to pick up the pieces of a failed effort to halt the violence for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Fresh clashes saw rebels storm regime positions in the suburbs of Damascus as air strikes pummelled opposition-held areas on the eastern outskirts of the capital, activists and a watchdog said.

The four-day ceasefire proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi collapsed amid clashes, shelling and car bomb attacks only hours after it had been due to take effect with the start of Eid on Friday morning.

With hopes shattered of even a temporary halt to the 19 months of violence in Syria, diplomats said Mr Brahimi is looking ahead to new efforts to tackle the crisis.