Joining Nationwide Ceasefire Refused by Over 20 Militant Groups in Syria

Joining Nationwide Ceasefire Refused by Over 20 Militant Groups in Syria
Tue Sep 13, 2016 13:56:01

At least 22 terrorist groups, mostly affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), announced that they would not abide by the truce agreement that went into effect on Monday night.

Faylaq al-Sham, Nouralddeen al-Zinki movement, al-Faoj al-Awal, al-Ferqa 101, Faylaq al-Homs, Jeish al-Islam, Etihad al-Islami al-Ajnad al-Sham, Ansar al-Islam Front, al-Ferqa 13, Liwa al-Fatah, al-ferqa Shomaliyeh, al-Shamiyeh Front, Kataeb al-Safwa al-Islamiyeh, al-Ferqa al-Wosta, Fastwom Kama Amrat, Jeish al-Nasr, Jeish al-Tahrir, Liwa al-Soqouu Jabal al-Zawiyeh, Liwa al-Horiyeh al-Islami, al-Isaleh Front, al-Tamiyeh and Jund al-Badr 313 were the terrorist groups that have put their signatures down the statement to reject the truce.

Reports said earlier today that terrorists violated the temporary nationwide ceasefire brokered by Russia and the US after they launched mortar attacks on government positions in the Northern districts of Aleppo city.

"Militants violated the ceasefire. Army positions were shelled by mortar rounds near the Castillo Road in Aleppo," the source said.

"The Syrian army responded the attacks with artillery fire, while the army units are ready to repel ground attacks by militants if necessary," the source added.

The new nationwide ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on September 12.

On Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to retake all of Syria from "terrorists", hours before a ceasefire was to take effect in the evening.

"The Syrian government is determined to recover every area from the terrorists," Assad told Syrian state media after he attended Eid al-Adha holiday prayers in Darayya, a former militant stronghold recently recaptured by the government.

The ceasefire will not include terrorist groups like ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly known as al-Nusra Front).

The landmark deal, proposed by the United States and Russia after marathon talks in Geneva on Friday, could also lead to the first joint military operations by Moscow and Washington against terrorists, FNA reported.

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