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

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

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

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.