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Both Sides Say Will Observe Syria Cease-Fire

October 25, 2012

The rebel Free Syrian Army says it will observe a cease-fire for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins on October 27.

But a leading commander, General Mustafa al-Sheikh, said from Turkey that if the government breaks the cease-fire, his fighters will do so, too.

The Syrian military announced earlier it will cease military operations against rebels from the morning of October 27 until October 30 during Eid al-Adha.

But it said it reserves the right to respond to rebel attacks and bombings.

Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, welcomed the announcements and said it was important that the Syrian government and opposition groups adhere to the truce.

Meanwhile, fierce fighting raged in Aleppo as Syrian rebels claimed to have seized two districts of the city.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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