The Syrian government hit the town of Rastan and surrounding areas with over reported 140 airstrikes. Abody Ahfad Khaled /via REUTERS
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The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as President Bashar Assad pushes to crush the rebels' last besieged strongholds. However, missile strikes against several government military bases Sunday – not claimed by any party despite speculation in Israel that its military was responsible – underscored the risks of a wider escalation in the 7-year-old conflict. However, Israel has previously carried out strikes in Syria to stop Assad's ally Iran getting stronger there or transferring weapons to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, and there is widespread speculation in Israel that it was behind the attack.Syrian state TV said the army would cease fire for 48-72 hours in the pocket between Homs and Hama – the most populous remaining encircled area in Syria – to allow rebel groups to agree a surrender deal under which they would leave for opposition-held areas in northern Syria.
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