Syria ceasefire a failure: rebel commander

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 27 2012 03:56 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2012 11:56 PM

BEIRUT - UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's ceasefire plan to stop fighting in Syria has been a failure, a rebel commander said on Saturday, after almost 150 people reportedly died on the first day of the truce.

"This is a failure for Brahimi. This initiative was dead before it started," Abd al-Jaber al-Akaidi, the head of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) military council in the northern city of Aleppo, told AFP by telephone.

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