A Syrian soldier stands near an army helmet decorated with the Syrian flag in the Jab al-Jandali district of the central city of Homs. File photo: AFP
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US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of “repercussions” if his regime flouts a new ceasefire being negotiated with Moscow for the battered city of Aleppo.
“If Assad does not adhere to this, there will clearly be repercussions and one of them may be the total destruction of the ceasefire and they go back to war,” Kerry told reporters.
“I don’t think that Russia wants that. I don’t think that Assad is going to benefit from that,” he said.
The army was making “the appropriate response to the sources of fire”, a statement from the army command said. It accused groups including the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jaish al-Islam of being behind the attacks.