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Rebels in Aleppo not hopeful after latest peace deal

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 01:25

A peace deal has been reached between the United States and Russia over the war in Syria, but those on the ground in the embattled country are hardly optimistic. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The U.S.-Russia deal to put Syria's peace process back on track has only just begun. But, on the ground in war-torn Aleppo, rebel fighters say they don't have much faith in what lies ahead. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FREE SYRIAN ARMY FIGHTER, ABO ALITH, SAYING: "In all the previous ceasefires, we saw the regime had no commitment to them and it was ignoring all the terms of these agreements. This is why we are not supportive of the ceasefire at all." The deal promises a nationwide truce starting at sundown on Monday. It also promises improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. Hours after the deal was announced, Syria's army attacked rebel-held areas in Aleppo, as it tries to maximize gains before the ceasefire begins. In the capital Damascus, residents say they simply want an end to the war. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TEACHER, ULFAT YAGHI SAYING: "We do not have a choice except to reach a political solution for the Syrian people that suffered from this unfair crazy war for five years." So far, a political solution has remained elusive, with ordinary residents fighting every day just to survive.

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Rebels in Aleppo not hopeful after latest peace deal

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 01:25