Syrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against ISIS in the villages of Zarour and Khanaser, in the Aleppo governorate, on February 26, 2016. AFP / GEORGES OURFALIAN
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A senior official from Syria's main opposition group said Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces.The cessation of hostilities drawn up by Washington and Moscow faced "complete nullification" because Syrian government attacks were violating the agreement, the official of the Saudi-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said. France said there were reports of attacks on opposition forces in breach of the deal, which came into force Saturday, and countries backing the Syrian peace process met to try to clarify the situation. Syrian officials could not immediately be reached for comment on claims that government forces were violating the cessation. The government, whose forces are backed by Russian air power, has said it is abiding by the agreement. The HNC said the cessation of hostilities was broken by the Syrian government 15 times on the first day, and that there were further violations by Russia and Hezbollah, both allies of President Bashar Assad.
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