BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:23 P.M.) – Rival Islamist militias Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Qaeda affiliate; better known by its former name, Al-Nusra Front) and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya have called a temporary truce after six weeks of very violent infighting across northwest Syria.
The first-step ceasefire was announced for 6:00 P.M. this (Sunday) afternoon – it is not known if an indefinite time period exists for the initial halt in hostilities.
Talks between delegations from the warring rebel groups are to begin immediately; here each side will state their terms and conditions for lasting peace. It should be noted that this is not the first time a temporary truce has been called (the last one failing after two days).
Over the last month and a half, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya have gutted each others’ ranks amid back and forth battles across rebel-held areas of Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
To this effect, hundreds of fighters have been killed and hundreds more wounded again; tens of armored vehicles and trucks have also been destroyed.