Civilans and rescue teams inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on the Kallassa neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo on February 26, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/FADI AL-HALABI)
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Truce deals promoted by the government as "national reconciliation" – but condemned by the opposition as enforced surrender – are beginning to fray as a result of disagreements over the terms, and retribution by paramilitaries loyal to President Bashar Assad.Opposition activists say the single point of entry and exit from the town has been closed for four days, after aid was channeled from the town to neighboring Daraya, where rebel Free Syrian Army forces have until now resisted a cease-fire deal despite being under heavy government air and artillery bombardment.Qusai Zakarya, an opposition activist who handed himself in to regime forces under the agreement in Moadamieh and was released last week, told The Daily Star the regime has closed off the city because the FSA refused to hand over weapons in return for aid.Zeyad al-Shami, the spokesman for the FSA media center in Barzeh, predicted the truce will collapse if the regime failed to comply with agreed terms.
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