Syrians skeptical about truce

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Added On September 18, 2016

Violence in Syria's northern city of Aleppo has declined since the ceasefire began.
 
But local residents are skeptical about the effectiveness of the truce.
 
Those who are living in the city say they don't trust the rebels.
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): IBRAHIM KHALIL, Aleppo resident
"So far, there is no such a thing as a truce in Aleppo, because mortar shells are still falling. When they say truce, it means a relief for the people, but if the mortar shells continued to land here, I am against it. We need a curb to the bloodshed. We are against the truce, because whenever there is a truce, the rebels start recollecting themselves and amassing weapons and manpower again and they shell Aleppo again. Every time there is a truce, we are the ones who pay the price." 
 
31-year-old Am Ibrahim is a mother of six.
 
She says her kids don't know the spirit of holiday, which was once full of joy and peace.
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): AM IBRAHIM, Aleppo resident
"I don't trust them because they are deceitful. Yesterday there was a truce, but yet, they fired mortars on us. I don't trust them at all. No one does. Whenever there is a truce, they become more violent. My kids became sick and their faces are yellowed from fear. One of my kids got high blood pressure from the violence."
 
But some are still hoping for the best.
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): MUHAMMAD BURRI, Businessman in Aleppo
"I say I hope the truce could be implemented and I believe it will be successful, because the truce is the only way out of this violence. I believe the truce will hold and will curb bloodletting."
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): MAHER, University student
"We hope the truce would work out, to bring the fighting to an end, despite the fact that there are some breaches. As residents here, we can only hope for the best and pray for this truce to hold so battles in this country can come to an end."