RELIGION

Violence persists in Syria despite truce

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, greets people at the Safa Mosque on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Homs, Syria, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (Syrian Presidency via AP)

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, greets people at the Safa Mosque on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Homs, Syria, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (Syrian Presidency via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Activists and state media are reporting continued violence around Syria, despite a day old truce, including a government offensive on a rebel-held supply line in the northern province of Aleppo.

Thursday's violence comes a day after the Syrian government announced a three-day truce to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels clashed with government forces to repel an advance on the Castello road, their lifeline to the north of rebel-held areas in Aleppo city.

State-run news agency said three people were killed late Wednesday when rebels shelled a government-held district in Aleppo.

The U.N. Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, noted "initial reports of potential violations" but urged all parties to abide by the truce.