Syria’s fragile ceasefire started to unravel on Sunday, with aerial attacks on rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo and a southern village resulting in the deadliest day since the truce began last week.
The attacks came as tensions between American and Russian brokers of the deal also deteriorated, following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the evening air strikes on Aleppo killed one woman and wounded many others. Ten people, including a child, were also killed when a pair of barrel bombs hit an opposition-held town in the southern province of Deraa, it said.
The seven-day ceasefire is supposed to continued on to midnight Sunday, according to a Syrian army statement issued last week. The US and Russia have said that, if it holds for seven days, it should be followed by the establishment of a centre for both countries to coordinate the identification of targets against ISIL and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
However, the ceasefire has been repeatedly violated by both sides, and aid convoys have still been unable to reach besieged rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo, where thousands of people are desperate for supplies of food and medical aid.
- Pray for Syria. Call out on behalf of this nation, for peace, healing and hope to be restored to her streets and homes.
- Pray for the aftermath of the ceasefire, that the truce will continue, and warring factions be willing to seek an end to this conflict.
- Pray for aid convoys to be given permission to enter Aleppo and deliver the much needed aid to that city.
- Pray that many Syrians will find hope for their future and healing through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the witness of the Church in Syria, and through life changing encounters with the Risen Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 61 vs 4: “They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.“