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More than 150 killed in Syria despite 'truce': rights group

BEIRUT--More than 150 people have been killed since a Muslim holiday truce between rebels and the regime came into effect, a watchdog said on Saturday, as new clashes broke out across Syria.

The four-day conditional ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the rebel Free Syrian Army for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday started Friday but has failed to take hold amid sustained clashes, bombings and shelling.

On Saturday, clashes and attacks took place in the Damascus province, Aleppo to the north, Daraa in the south and the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Five people were killed in a car bomb attack in Deir Ezzor, the Observatory said. State television blamed the attack on "terrorists" and said the bomb had gone off in front of a church, causing significant damage.

Regime shelling targeted several areas of Damascus province, where one person was killed by army sniper fire and another in the bombardment, it said. Two soldiers were also killed in clashes in the rebel-held city of Harasta near Damascus.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said violence east of Damascus also continued to rage despite the truce proposal.

At least 146 people were killed on Friday and another 13 were reported dead on Saturday, the Observatory reported.

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