BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Residents of the Harasta suburb of Damascus praised the safe zones agreement on Saturday, while also doubting that the rebel forces would respect its implementation.
One resident, Naser Ahmed, said, “We hope it will be a good omen to prevent the bloodshed of people. The government used to take care of everyone. The reconciliations are good for the situation. We live in this country.”
Other resident, Ali Mohamed, expressed doubt about the rebels respecting the deal. “I don’t trust the terrorists whatsoever, for we saw nothing from them but deceit. Nevertheless, we are optimistic. The government is more ethical than them,” he claimed.
Another resident, Mona Khalil, was of similar opinion. “The terrorists will not comply with this resolution, that is of a ceasefire or stopping the launch of mortars. No, they would not. It is because they are not Syrians. For if they were Syrians, all of this wouldn’t have happened. They are not Syrians, they are from outside Syria,” she added.
The agreement appoints four areas in Syria as safe zones, aiming at separating a number of extremist groups, including the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), from the moderate opposition.