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Syria truce ‘will not hold out’ says senior rebel source BEIRUT: Syria's ceasefire "will not hold out", a senior rebel official in Aleppo warned on Saturday, as air strikes and shelling continued in some places and promised aid deliveries failed to come through.The ceasefire is the result of an agreement between Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with air power, and the United States, which supports some rebel groups, and has cooled fighting since coming into effect last Monday.On Friday, Washington and Moscow agreed to extend the ceasefire.Insurgents say they only reluctantly accepted the initial deal, which they believe is skewed against them, because it could relieve the dire humanitarian situation in besieged areas they control, including in eastern Aleppo."The truce, as we have warned, and we told the (U.S.) State Department - will not hold out," the rebel official said, pointing to the continued presence of a U.N. aid convoy at the Turkish border awaiting permission to travel ...

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UN pleads for Syria aid access after truce extended ALEPPO: The United Nations urged Syria's government Thursday to allow immediate aid deliveries to hunger-stricken civilians after a fragile ceasefire was extended for 48 hours by Russia and the United States.In a sign of renewed tensions between the two powers, who back opposing sides in the conflict, key regime ally Moscow accused Washington of failing to meet its obligations under the truce.The UN said 20 trucks loaded with aid had crossed into a buffer zone ...

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40 dead in clashes around key city of southwest Yemen: military ADEN: Forty people were killed in fighting between Shia Huthi rebels and pro-government forces around southwest Yemen's main city of Taez, military sources said Thursday.Colonel Sadeq al-Hassani, spokesman for the loyalist forces, told AFP that 27 Huthis and 13 pro-government fighters were killed as a rebel offensive aimed at reimposing a siege of the city was repelled on Wednesday.Also on Wednesday, five Huthis and allied rebels were killed when loyalists backed by Saudi-led Arab coalition ...

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Syrian rebels welcome truce but warn of need for oversight BEIRUT: Syrian rebel factions will issue a statement welcoming the US-Russian deal for a ceasefire and aid deliveries in Syria but with reservations about the handling of violations by the government side, a rebel official said on Sunday. Fierce fighting and air strikes continued in several parts of Syria a day before the humanitarian truce comes into effect, Syrian state television, rebel groups and a war monitor said. "The factions welcome a ceasefire and welcome ...

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Iran dismisses US claims of navy harassment in Gulf TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military commander on Sunday dismissed claims from Washington that US patrol ships have been harassed by Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf, saying Tehran acted according to international law."Iranian boats continue to act based on defined standards and are well aware of the international laws and regulations, so the claims are not only untrue, but stem from their fear of the power of Iran's soldiers," said Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy ...

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Saudi Arabia launches Persian Hajj TV MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has launched Persian-language television broadcasts from this year's Hajj, the information minister said on Sunday.Minister of Information and Culture Adel al-Turaifi said the 24-hour satellite channel would cover Hajj rituals and prayers from the Grand Mosque in Makkah."The channel aims to broadcast the message of the Hajj, the eternal meanings of Islam and to show what is being provided by the kingdom" during the pilgrimage, the Saudi Press Agency quoted Turaifi as ...

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Iran welcomes Syria deal, urges political solution DUBAI: Iran, a close ally and military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, welcomed a U.S.-Russian deal for a truce in Syria, saying on Sunday the conflict should be ended through politics.The agreement, by the powers that back opposing sides in the five-year-old war, promises a nationwide truce from sundown on Monday, improved access for humanitarian aid and joint military targeting of hardline Islamist groups."Iran supports any ceasefire and peace plan to end the humanitarian ...