"Syria Truce Holds As Ceasefire Deadline Passed"
The U.N. and Arab League brokered ceasefire in Syria appears to be holding as Syrian troops held their fire on Thursday. “Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground,” said U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan in a statement as he briefed the U.N. Security Council. Annan pressed the Syrian government to fully comply with the ceasefire agreement and withdraw all its forces from urban areas. “The cessation of hostilities appears to be holding,” said Annan. “This is bringing much-needed relief and hope to the Syrian people who have suffered so much for so long in this brutal conflict.” Opponents of the regime are planning major protests tomorrow after weekly prayers which Reuters notes “will be the first major test” for the ceasefire.
Syrian National Council’s spokeswoman Bassma Kodmani said the ceasefire is only being “partially observed” and that there “is no evidence of a significant withdrawal” of government forces from towns and cities.