Blame-trading tests Syria's fragile truce

Syrian children walk past heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, on February 27, 2016Key players in Syria’s war traded accusations over violations of the first major ceasefire in the five-year conflict, but the truce remained largely intact on its second day. A successful truce would also create a more favourable backdrop for peace talks that collapsed in acrimony in early February as a Russia-backed regime offensive in northern Syria caused tens of thousands to flee. The main opposition grouping Sunday described the ceasefire as “positive” but lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations and foreign governments about first day breaches.

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