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Assad Pauses Slaughter for Eid al Adha Truce

There will be a weekend-long ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reports:

“On the occasion of the blessed Eid al-Adha, the general command of the army and armed forces announces a halt to military operations on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, from Friday morning . . . until Monday,” an army statement read on state television said.

Governments worldwide, including the U.S., Russia, and Iran, welcomed the pause in fighting. But, naturally, everyone is also skeptical that the ceasefire will hold.

Reports are emerging that more than 25 people, including women, children, and elderly people, were knifed and shot to death on the eve of the ceasefire in the Damascus suburb of Douma. Rebel and government forces each accuse the other of the killings. Separately, a car bomb exploded in another Damascus area, killing at least six people.

Tomorrow is Friday, the traditional day of worship and public activity in the Muslim world. It will be interesting to see if the ceasefire inspires civilians to attempt to peacefully protest the war, which has killed more than 30,000 people so far. Will they be fired upon? Will the ceasefire hold past Monday?

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