Syrian army announces 4-day truce

2012-10-25 18:44
An elderly Syrian woman crosses a street next to a long black cloth used to separate the area from Syrian government forces' snipers fire, in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo. (Fabio Bucciarelli, AFP)

An elderly Syrian woman crosses a street next to a long black cloth used to separate the area from Syrian government forces' snipers fire, in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo. (Fabio Bucciarelli, AFP)

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Beirut - The Syrian military says it will cease military operations for four-days starting on Friday in observance of a major Muslim holiday.

In the announcement read on state TV on Thursday, however, the army said it would still respond to gunfire or roadside bombs and keep rebels from bolstering their positions or getting supplies.

The international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, proposed the four-day cease-fire for Eid al-Adha, saying it could lead to a longer truce and political negotiations between the sides.

Rebel forces have dismissed the idea, saying they don't trust the regime of President Bashar Assad to stick to its promises.

Both sides have violated previous cease-fires after agreeing to them.

Activists say more than 35 000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011.

- AP
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