Just hours remain before a forged cessation of hostilities is implemented in Syria. With the advent of this temporary ceasefire, Syria could experience a peace on a scale that it has known witnessed in five-years - a sigh of relief, comfort and hope that is fittingly and desperately desired by those internally displaced and cut off from normalcy by military siege.
At midnight Syrian-time, the guns of some 100 armed opposition factions across Syria as well as those of the Bashar al Assad regime, are to fall silent as part of a United States(US)- Russia agreement for the temporary cessation of hostilities. Factions of the Free Syrian army and of the armed Syrian opposition have signed onto the agreement. However, groups classified by the United Nations(UN) Security Council as being terrorists, have not been included in the ceasefire.
So as the zero-hour approaches, one one hand there should be a ceasefire in Syria and on the other hand, there wouldn't be a ceasefire as the International Coalition forces fighting the Islamic State(IS), has vowed to continue disrupting the extremist group. Russia too has said it would continuing bombing "terrorists".
However, opposition groups have complained that Russia has been bombing civilians. And as the ceasefire has drawn neigh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has noted that Russian bombings have become more intense than usual. The group's head, Rami Abdel Rahman has rationalized: "It's as if they (the Russians and the Assad regime) want to subdue rebels in these regions or score points before the ceasefire," the BBC-News reported earlier today. Horrific aftermaths of Russian bombings have reached the Internet with images of strewn mangled bodies and bloodied injured children.
Peace is certainly making a violent entry into Syria.