Syria's General Command of Army has announced nationwide truce for Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holidays, though warning that it 'reserves right' to respond if insurgents don't respect the ceasefire.
photo shows Syrian government soldiers in Arkoub district of the northwestern city of Aleppo on September 25, 2012.
The General Command said on Thursday it would also respond to "terrorist groups trying to reinforce their positions by arming themselves and getting reinforcements" as well as neighboring countries facilitating the smuggling of fighters across borders during that period.
According to Syrian army sources, the truce will enterinto effect on Friday morning and last until Monday.
UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi had earlier proposed the ceasefire between the Syrian government forces and the insurgents during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.
The heads of the Arab League and the United Nations also issued a joint call to the parties involved in the unrest in Syria, urging them to observe the truce.
The Syrian government had earlier announced that it would support the truce proposal only if the Western countries and their regional allies stopped supporting and financing the insurgents.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.
Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of arming the opposition.
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