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530 killed in areas covered by Syria truce in first 23 days

Reuters , Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
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UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura gestures during a press conference following a new round of negotiations of peace talks on Syria at the United Nations Office in Geneva on March 21, 2016. (AFP)
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A total of 530 people were killed in the first 23 days of a truce in Syria in areas covered by the cessation of hostilities agreement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

In areas not covered by the ceasefire, which came into force on Feb. 27, 1,279 people were killed, the British-based Observatory said.

The partial truce -- which excludes Islamic State group and the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front -- has been in place for just over three weeks to allow peace talks to take place in Geneva between the government and opposition groups.

But UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has said that the lack of progress on the issue of President Bashar al-Assad's future could threaten the current reduction in violence.

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