Syria crisis: regime ‘accepts ceasefire’ – live updates

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October 24, 2012

The Guardian

Today’s main news is that international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says he has agreement from the Syrian government on a ceasefire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha which begins on Friday.

Brahimi also says “most” of the anti-Assad fighting groups that he has been able to contact agree on “the principle” of a ceasefire.

The Syrian government has yet to confirm its agreement, and there have been widespread doubts as to whether a ceasefire can take hold or be sustained.

Other Syria-related news:

• At least 20 people are reported to have died when Syrian artillery gunners shelled a bread bakery full of workers and customers in Aleppo on Tuesday.

• Government aircraft attacked Maaret al-Numan and the village of Mar Shamsheh yesterday, as troops and rebels battled over a nearby Syrian military camp that has been under siege for days, AP reports citing the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

• Syrian rebels have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles including US-made Stingers, the Interfax news agency quoted Russia’s senior general as saying today.

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