Major players in Syria’s war have traded accusations over violations of the first major truce in the five-year conflict, but the conditional ceasefire remains largely intact. The main opposition grouping, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), on Sunday described the ceasefire as “positive” but lodged a formal complaint with the UN and foreign governments about breaches on the first day. Al Jazeera’s Omar al-Saleh, reporting from the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, said the opposition had described the violence as a “violation of the terms of the ceasefire”.
“Now the Russians are saying they targeted members of al-Nusra Front, which is linked to al-Qaeda and of course are excluded from the terms of this deal,” he said. The Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has seized territory in both Syria and Iraq, is also excluded from the deal.
The war in Syria has claimed 270,000 lives and displaced more than half the population.