According to Reuters, despite the continuing attacks by Syrian forces hours before the ceasefire deadline, Syria has pledged to honor the ceasefire Thursday morning.
The ceasefire, which is part of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan’s six-part peace plan, is supposed to begin 6 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday April 12, but the international community is hesitant that al-Assad will honor it.
On Wednesday, a Syrian defense ministry source said on state television that the army would halt attacks when the ceasefire begins, but would confront “any assault” by the opposition.
The opposition said they will honor the ceasefire if Syrian troops pull back and honor the ceasefire as promised, according to the article. However, opposition members do not believe al-Assad will honor the promise.
Since the bloodshed began 13 months ago, the U.N. has reported that over 9,000 people have been killed by al-Assad’s forces. Damascus said that over 2,600 soldiers and security personnel have been killed by the opposition, according to the article.