Syrian Cease-Fire Update: UN Unable to Send Humanitarian Aide, Russia and US Accuse Each Other of Violations

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After the cease-fire was violated only an hour after it was passed, it didn’t look like things were going to well for the cease-fire negotiated between Russia and the US for a temporary truce between Syrian rebels and the Syrian government.

The first violation was minor enough that the deal held, though – and was only an hour into the truce. But these new problems look like they might stick around, and drag it down. So the first bit of big news was that the UN complained that they could not get into Aleppo, the city under siege in Syria, with humanitarian aide, which was legitimately one of the reasons they set up this cease-fire, and then the Russian ministry complained that the US wasn’t upholding their part of the deal by letting rebel groups continue assaulting, and then the US accused Russia of not holding back the Syrian government from attacking.

So the already quite unpopular cease-fire is beginning to look like it might break before seven days. And the reason that those first seven days are important is because they are required to pass without the cease-fire breaking, so that the US and Russia can create a joint organization to attack ISIS and carry out air strikes with each others’ supervision.

Most of the opposition to the cease-fire comes from the perception that the cease-fire doesn’t do enough to protect Syrian citizens and gives Bashar Al-Assad more time to coalesce and build up, while the rebels are essentially trapped and isolated in Aleppo. There’s a good article in opposition on the Daily Beast.

I’ll continue updating about the cease-fire as more news come out.

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