Men inspect a hole in the ground after an airstrike on a Civil Defence station in the rebel held town of Atareb. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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As world powers backing peace talks continue to insist Syria's cessation of hostilities is holding, residents of battered second city Aleppo can only express stunned disbelief.Two months after Moscow and Washington brokered the historic cessation deal in a bid to finally resolve Syria's five-year conflict, it has effectively collapsed in large parts of the country.Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman said significant breaches have taken place around Damascus, in Homs and Latakia provinces and, most importantly, around Aleppo.The northern city, once Syria's economic hub, has been divided between the rebel-controlled east and regime-held west since 2012 .The cessation of hostilities was followed by the announcement of another round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva between President Bashar Assad's regime and Syria's opposition.Even Syria's main opposition group for the Geneva talks, the High Negotiations Committee, has so far refrained from burying the agreement, though its chief Riad Hijab Wednesday condemned "severe violations of the truce by the regime".In regime-controlled Damascus, residents were more optimistic the truce could last.
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