Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber in Syria. © Vadim Savitsky/TASS
Reuters: 'Cessation of hostilities' in Syria lets Russia keep bombing
Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to halt Russian bombing poised to give government forces their biggest victory of the five-year-old war.
If implemented, the deal would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. It has the potential to be the first diplomatic breakthrough in a conflict that has fractured the Middle East, killed at least 250,000 people, made 11 million homeless and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing into Europe.
But by allowing fighting to rage on for at least another week, it gives the Damascus government and its Russian allies time to press on with an offensive that has transformed the conflict since the start of this month.
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Update: Russian warplanes destroyed almost 1,900 targets in Syria over week -- TASS
WNU Editor: This is not comforting or reassuring .... everyone has a different definition of who is a terrorist .... Syria ceasefire deal doesn't stop Russia’s air task force operation — official (TASS).