SDF: No Violations of Syria Ceasefire in Areas Under Control
06:46 27.02.2016(updated 07:10 27.02.2016)
An official representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces that the ceasefire in force in Syria starting from midnight on Saturday was not violated in areas under the control of SDF in the first three hours.
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The ceasefire in force in Syria starting from midnight on Saturday was not violated in areas under the control of Kurds in the first three hours, an official representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Talal Salou (Salu) told RIA Novosti.
The Syrian Democratic Forces is an alliance of mainly Kurdish, but also Arab, Assyrian, Armenian and Turkmen militias.
'In areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the ceasefire was not violated a single time. We plan to fully comply with it, as we have informed all the sides,' Salou said on Saturday.
Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria on February 22. The ceasefire took effect at midnight on Saturday, Damascus time (22:00 GMT on Friday). The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on Friday, shortly before the ceasefire came into force.
Initial reports right after midnight on Saturday indicated that the situation calmed down around the Syrian capital after the start of the ceasefire, although there was unconfirmed information of potential breaches, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said at the UN Security Council after the adoption of the Friday resolution.
According to de Mistura, 97 armed groups in Syria, plus the government and all the major regional and international stakeholders have expressed willingness to accept the framework of the cessation of hostilities.
The ceasefire does not apply to terrorist groups operating in the country, such as Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) and Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra).
A source in Syria's people's militia RIA Novosti early on Saturday that fighters affiliated with al-Nusra, including from the Liwa al-Sultan Murad group, opened fire on civilian areas in Aleppo and Homs after the ceasefire came into force. Liwa al-Sultan Murad controls one of Aleppo's central areas called Bustan al-Pasha.
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