To mark Eid al-Adha Syria declares conditional cease-fire

Friday, October 26, 2012
Damascus: The Syrian army said it will suspend military operations to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, declaring a cease-fire from Friday morning to Monday.

The army added that it reserves the right to respond to rebel attacks and bombings.

 In a televised announcement read on late Thursday, the Syrian military said it will act if "terrorist groups [are] trying to reinforce their positions by arming themselves and getting reinforcements."

It also warned neighboring countries against facilitating the smuggling of fighters across borders during that period.

A commander for the rebel Free Syrian Army said his fighters would commit to the truce, but would respond to any attacks.

​​Both sides have violated previous cease-fires after agreeing to them. However, an Islamist group active in Syria, Ansar al-Islam, is reported to have said that its fighters will not commit to the truce.
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