DAMASCUS – At least 130 people were killed in the first week of Syria’s truce, local sources reported on Saturday.
The partial truce in Syria, which has been described by activists as “fragile” due to the daily violations by parties to conflict, is planned for one more week, amid preparations by the United Nations in Geneva to host a new round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition factions.
U.N. special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said the talks, originally due to begin on Monday in Geneva, “would get off to a staggered start later in the week”, with delegates arriving from Wednesday onwards.
According to the U.N., the delay was caused by “logistical and technical reasons and also for the ceasefire to better settle down”.
“I see us beginning on (Thursday) March 10 when we will launch the process,” de Mistura told Al Hayat newspaper.
More than 280,000 people have been killed over five years of conflict in Syria, amid mounting refugee crisis in the region and Europe caused by the ongoing war.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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