The Syrian army says it will suspend military operations to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, declaring a cease-fire from Friday morning to Monday but adding that it reserves the right to respond to rebel attacks and bombings.
In an announcement read on state TV 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 against neighboring countries 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.
Earlier, anti-government forces took control of several neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo.