Top news: A planned ceasefire for the holiday of Eid al-Adha in Syria quickly broke down this morning with attacks reported from both sides. The four-day ceasefire had been urged by U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi. The Syrian government and commanders of the Free Syrian Army both pledged to hold their fire, but other rebel groups dismissed it before it even began.
The ceasefire officially went into effect a 6 a.m. this morning, according to Syrian state television, but by 10:30 there were reports of rebels attempting to storm an army base in Northern Syria and clashes in the suburbs of Damascus. Three people were reportedly killed by tank fire in Hasrata, a town near Damascus, and there were reports of snipers and tank fire near the Turkish border. The army also reportedly fired rockets at a rebel-controlled area of Homs.
A ceasefire negotiated by the previous U.N. negotiator, Kofi Annan, last April, also fell apart.
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