Syrian Forces Stop Advancing in Aleppo despite Rebels’ Truce Violations
DAMASCUS (Tasnim) – Syria’s Army troops, who had laid siege to rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo with the support of allied forces, adhered to a recent nationwide ceasefire and stopped their advances against foreign-backed groups despite violations of the truce by the militants.
According to Tasnim dispatches, the Syrian forces put a halt to their operations in south and southwestern Aleppo, though some armed groups in those areas have violated the internationally-brokered ceasefire.
Since the truce does not apply to terrorist groups, the Syrian Army forces attacked the positions of the terrorists in the suburbs of Quneitra in southwestern Syria, killing 45 and injuring 80 militants.
The ceasefire in Syria brokered by the US and Russia began at sundown on Monday, coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.
The ceasefire does not apply to the terrorist groups Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the group formerly known as al-Nusra Front that changed its name in July.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.