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> For some Syrians, including president Bashar al-Assad, the three day truce providing a chance to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Marking the end of Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims. Elsewhere in the country though, fighting rages on. Reuters correspondent Lisa Barrington in Beirut says the nationwide truce between a Syrian rebel alliance and the government was effectively over before it started.
>> The three-day ceasefire that was announced on Tuesday by the Syrian government is not so much not holding as it never really began. Fighting was quite intense east of Damascus on Tuesday. And on Wednesday the Syrian government forces made a significant advance north of Aleppo. To put themselves within firing range of the only road into rebel held Aleppo.
This effectively has cut off 250,000 people in rebel held Aleppo. So not much sign of a cease fire on the ground as it stands.>> US secretary of state, John Kerry had welcomed the Syrian armies announcement of a cease fire. Adding that negotiations were underway to try to extend it.
But Barrington says on the ground, rebel groups didn't take the news seriously.>> Opposition groups within Syria are seeing this ceasefire. Not so much as an actual ceasefire on be asked upon behalf of the Syrian government. Who have been pushed from international pressure to look like they're doing something ahead the possible resumption of peace talks after the EE Holiday.
>> Fighting could intensify in the coming days. Rebels in Aleppo say that an offensive is underway to take back positions lost to the Syrian government