Neither side took the United Nations-backed ceasefire in Syria very seriously and on Monday, the tenuous four-day truce collapsed into all-out fighting. The start of the week marks the end of one of the holiest days on the Mulsim calendar, Eid al-Adh, which UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi saw as an opportunity to establish a very limited agreement. But as fighting continued throughout the weekend, reports on the ground now depict a return to full-scale civil war on the final day of the truce.
Reuters reports that Syrian warplanes are bombarding the Damascus suburb of Harat al-Shwam. "Tanks are deployed around Harat al-Shwam but they haven't been able to go in. They tried a week ago and failed," a local activist tells the news agency. War planes also strafed farmland next to the northern Damascus neighborhood of Barzeh and the city of Deir al-Zor. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, "Syrian air force fired missiles and dropped barrel bombs — makeshift weapons made of explosives stuffed into barrels — on villages" adjacent to a military base where rebels and government forces battled for control. Video has surfaced on YouTube purporting to show some of the air strikes: