The insurgent groups fighting against the Syrian government have opened fire on an army checkpoint in the northern city of Aleppo, violating a temporary ceasefire.
According to Syrian sources, insurgents attacked an army checkpoint in Aleppo’s al-Sabil area on Friday hours after a four-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) took effect.
No one was injured in the shooting. The truce was proposed by UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.
There are also reports of insurgent attacks in Damascus suburbs and the western city of Homs. However, violence appears to have died down and calm returned to most parts of Syria following the truce.
The international community has piled pressure on all sides involved in the Syrian unrest to respect the truce and a senior Arab League official said on Friday that it appeared to be holding. Previous attempts at ceasefires in Syria have collapsed.
Many countries, including Iran and Russia, have welcomed the ceasefire, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped it would lead to political negotiations.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence.
Syria accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey as well as some Western countries of fanning the flames violence in the country.