All is quiet on Day 2 of Syria ceasefire deal

Feb 29, 2016, 06:27 IST | Agencies

Despite it being unclear if the US and Russian air raids hit areas not covered in the truce plan, the ceasefire appears to be mostly intact

Aleppo: Several air strikes hit central and northern Syria yesterday, a monitor said, but the first major ceasefire of the war appeared to be broadly intact on its second day.

Syrian children
Syrian children play in the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria on Day 1 of the landmark ceasefire agreement. Pic/AFP

Warplanes, believed to be either Syrian or Russian, bombed seven villages in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitor, said one person was killed in Aleppo province. It was unclear if the raids hit areas covered by the truce.

The agreement does not include territory held by the Islamic State jihadist group and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, which together control more than half of Syrian land.

According to Abdel Rahman, only one of the villages, Kafr Hamra in Aleppo province, is controlled by Al-Nusra and the others are in the hands of non-jihadist rebels. Elsewhere the situation remained mostly calm.

In Aleppo, Syria’s second city, the night passed without any sound of fighting or air raids. Residents took to the streets to do their shopping. "There’s something strange in this silence. We used to go to sleep and wake up with the sound of raids and artillery," said Abu Omar, 45, who runs a bakery in rebel-held east Aleppo.

"I’m happy but sad for regions that are not covered by the truce and whose inhabitants continue to suffer," he said.

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