Four day Eid al-Adha ceasefire started at 0600 today
A four day ceasefire came into force at 0600 today in Syria during the religious holiday Eid al-Adha. The ceasefire has been brokered between the government and rebel forces by UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Although the Syrian government has agreed to the ceasefire they made it clear that it was conditional.
A statement by the general command of the Syrian armed forces as published on the Syrian State TV and Radio website is as follows:
“The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces on Thursday declared suspension of military operations in the Syrian Arab Republic on the occasion of Eid al-Adha from Friday October 26th to Monday 29th.
In a statement, the General Command said, “In consistence with our responsibilities to protect civilians and the public and private properties, the Armed Forces will reserve the right to respond to the following”:
First, the continuation of the armed terrorist groups’ gunfire against civilians and government forces and attacking public and private properties, in addition to using booby-trapped cars and explosive devices.
Second, attempts of the armed terrorist groups to reinforce their positions as of the beginning of this announcement or getting munitions or members.
Third, the facilitation of neighboring countries to let terrorists pass across the borders to Syria.”