Nearly 600 killed during four-day Syrian “truce”

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United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the 19-month long crisis in Syria is actually getting worse and requires international action.

One example of how the situation has devolved occurred on Tuesday when Palestinians who back Bashar al-Assad fought with Syrian rebels.

The violence came as the Muslim holiday of Eid concluded – a period in which both sides were supposed to honor a truce.

Rather than laying down arms, according to the Australianfighting continued and more than 560 people, including 235 civilians, were killed during the four-day period. In addition, pro-Assad troops conducted the heaviest air strikes on rebel forces during the “truce.”

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