The Islamist rebel forces of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” violated the 48 hour ceasefire agreement on Saturday morning after they fired over two dozen rockets and mortar shells into the predominately Shi’i towns of the Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya..
Social media activists from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham posted photos and videos of their resumed assault on Kafraya and Al-Fou’aa, further confirming the recent news that the 48 hour ceasefire has been terminated by the Islamist rebels.
On Thursday, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra threatened to reject the terms of the ceasefire if their demands were not met by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah; however, Turkish and Iranian officials agreed that these demands were not part of the agreement and therefore null-and-void.
Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra stated that they demanded the release of a number of women and children inside Syria’s prisons; but, this was contrary to the information provided to Al-Masdar News from a military source in Damascus on Friday morning.
According to the military source in Damascus, the Islamist rebel forces demanded the release of over 40 of their captured fighters from the Saydnaya Prison in the western countryside of the Rif Dimashq Governorate; this was rejected by the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command.
As a result of the Turkish and Iranian facilitation, the 48 hour ceasefire was set to begin at 6 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Friday, August 28th; it was reportedly supposed to end on Monday morning.
Unfortunately, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were not satisfied with the terms of the agreement; this resulted in their violation of the ceasefire and the assault on Kafraya and Al-Fou’aa..