FSA rebels reach truce with ISIL militants in Syria’s Damascus

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Opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – The opposition-linked Free Syria Army (FSA) reached a ceasefire agreement with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the al-Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood in a Damascus suburb.

After two months of fierce clashes, during which dozens of civilians, as well as fighters from both sides were killed, the FSA issued a statement on Friday saying it reached a “truce” with IS militants in the neighbourhood “to avoid more losses”.

“The ceasefire will continue until a solution is found for the ongoing crisis. This truce includes halting all military operations by both sides,” the FSA leadership said. “Any violations by one of the parties will give the right to the other party to relaunch military operations.”

According to the FSA statement, this truce is mainly aimed to relieve all inhabitants of al-Hajar al-Aswad “whether armed or civilian”.

The truce signed by the FSA and IS recommends each group stay in the immediate vicinity of the area it controls.

The opposition fighters of the FSA also required IS to reveal the destiny of the detainees captured by the group during the clashes in al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Activists told ARA News that the neighbourhood of al-Hajar al-Aswad is currently the main stronghold of militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS) in Damascus, southern Syria.

 

Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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