A picture taken on July 3, 2016 from the UNESCO-listed citadel shows the partially collapsed building of the famed Carlton Citadel Hotel (L), in the government-controlled side of the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN
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The Syrian army said Wednesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country coinciding with the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.As fighting continued on the ground, especially in second city Aleppo, some rebel groups said they would respect the ceasefire although they doubted the seriousness of the regime of President Bashar Assad.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the ceasefire, and said he was working with Russia and others to try to transform it into a lasting truce. Attempts to implement ceasefires in Syria have repeatedly failed, as have diplomatic efforts to end a five-year civil war that has killed more than 280,000 people and forced millions from their homes. Aleppo, which was Syria's commercial and manufacturing hub before the civil war erupted, is divided between a rebel-held east and regime-controlled west.
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