>> Shortly after the Syrian government announced a 72-hour cease-fire, they began a major advancement with their allies in the country's second city, Aleppo. Taking steps to completely encircle rebel parts of the city and capturing ground overlooking the only road into the opposition controlled half of it. The move effectively putting those areas, home to over a quarter of a million people, under siege.
A monitoring group calling the truce announcement a rouse. While Reuters correspondent Lisa Barrington in Beruit says opposition groups saw it as nothing more than a publicity stunt for the government and a pressure to return to peace talks.>> After the Syrian government announced the cease fire on Tuesday and US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he hoped that this might, this was a sign that something more could possibly develop.
We could have a longer, more extended ceasefire. However, from how it's been implemented on the ground, which is not at all, this looks unlikely.>> The cease fire was called so people could celebrate the Muslim holiday. It's not the first time that the government has announced a truce during Eid.
Then, just like now, the fighting has continued.