A Syrian Rebel Says the U.S.-Russia Truce ‘Has Failed’

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ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Free Syrian Army members are seen after they liberated Qasajak, Karagoz, Tel Shi'er, Tal'ar Sharqi and Tal'ar Gharbi villages from Daesh terrorists in Cobanbey (Al-Rai) town of Al-Bab District near Jarabulus in Syria on September 18, 2016. The anti-Daesh operation called Euphrates Shield, which was launched on August 24, aims at improving security, supporting coalition forces, supporting Syrias territorial integrity and eliminating the terror threat along Turkeys border through Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters backed by Turkish armor, artillery, and jets. (Photo by Huseyin Nasir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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A truce brokered by the United States and Russia has “practically failed and has ended” and there is no hope that aid will be delivered to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, a Syrian rebel official said on Monday.

“I believe that practically it has failed and has ended,” said Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of the Aleppo-based group Fastaqim, adding that it remained to be seen if anything could be done “in theory” to save it.

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Asked whether he expected aid to reach rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo, he said: “There is no hope. It has been a number of days of procrastination. Every day there is a pretext. There is no hope of aid being delivered currently.”

Speaking to Reuters from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, he also indicated that rebel groups were preparing for new military action, saying, “I imagine in the near future there will be action by the factions.”

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