Syria says it will honor ceasefire deadline, despite continuing attacks

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.

related articles: New York Times and Huffington Post

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I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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