Violence resumes in Syria’s Zabadani after collapse of ceasefire

Syrian army soldiers during a artillery operations in Al-Zabadani area in western Damascus. SANA

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – As ceasefire collapsed between Syrian rebels and regime forces, violence resumed Saturday in a rebel-held town near Damascus.

On Wednesday, pro-Assad army forces and rebel battalions had reached a truce in Zabadani town. However, shelling renewed between rebel fighters of Ahrar al-Sham and pro-Assad forces on Saturday. 

“The ceasefire was expected to form a basis for a final deal to stop the fighting between the rebels and pro-Assad forces in Zabadani. However, it collapsed only after three days of its implementation,” opposition activist Mazen Salman told ARA News in Damascus. 

Regime forces shelled Zabadani with heavy artillery, while rebel fighters targeted regime positions outside the city. It was not clear whether Saturday’s shelling caused any casualties. 

In the meantime, regime-held villages of Foua and Kafrya in Idlib province were exposed to a rocket attack by rebel fighters on Saturday.

At least two people were killed, including a child, and more than ten others were injured in the rebel-led attack, local sources told ARA News. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

Source: ARA News 

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