For the second time this month, the Syrian Armed Forces/Hezbollah and the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham/Jabhat Al-Nusra have agreed to a 48 hour ceasefire at the resort-city of Al-Zabadani and the two isolated towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya after two weeks of non-stop firefights at these violent fronts.
The ceasefire in Al-Zabadani is imperative for the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, as they are completely encircled inside this city and confined to the 1.5km of territory they control in the Al-Mahata, Al-Jami’yat and Al-Sultani Districts.
This ceasefire agreement in Al-Zabadani was facilitated by Iran and Turkey once again; it is imperative to note that there is no contingency to allow the Islamist rebel forces to stockpile provisions in order to continue this battle.
Meanwhile, at Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya inside the Idlib Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army and the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham agreed to participate in another 48 ceasefire to allow for the Syrian Red Crescent and the Syrian Government NGOs to deliver humanitarian aid inside these besieged Shi’i towns.
The Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra have repeatedly attempted to break into these aforementioned towns; however, they have been unsuccessful every time.