Syrian warplanes strike rebel-held areas near Damascus, say rebels, monitors

Reuters Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon Jan 01, 2017, 06.05 PM(IST)

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin during the UN Security Council meet to discuss Turkish-Russian peace plan. Photograph:( AFP )

Syrian warplanes resumed their bombardment of the rebel-held Wadi Barada valley northwest of Damascus on Sunday after nearly 24 hours with no air raids, a rebel official and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Rebels threatened on Saturday to abandon a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire deal, which took effect on Friday, if the Syrian government and its allies continued to violate it.

The Observatory and a military news outlet run by Lebanese Hezbollah, a Damascus ally, said hundreds of civilians had left Wadi Barada in the last day for government-controlled areas nearby.