Over 500 people killed in cessation areas in Syria

In first 23 days of cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria, 530 people have been killed in addition to 1,279 deaths, watchdog says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Children play on rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria March 19, 2016

A total of 530 people were killed in Syria in areas covered by the cessation of hostilities agreement during its first 23 days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The British-based Observatory said that 1,279 people were killed in areas not covered by the ceasefire, which came into force on February 27.

The partial truce excludes the DAESH terrorist group and Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and has been in place for just over three weeks to allow peace talks to take place in Geneva between the regime and opposition groups.

However, UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has said that the lack of progress on the issue of Bashar al Assad's future could threaten the current reduction in violence.

TRTWorld, Reuters