A file photo of Hezbollah resistance fighters
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has voiced support for a ceasefire plan announced by Russia and the United States, which will put a week-long end to fighting in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo.
Hezbollah’s media arm, known as the Military Media, said on Saturday that the “allies of Syria” abide by whatever decision that the Damascus government makes.
The resistance movement, which has been engaged in anti-terror operations in Syria, vowed to continue fighting against the terrorists groups Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
It further said Hezbollah fighters reserve the right to respond to any attack against their forces in Syria.
Earlier in the day, Moscow and Washington agreed on a milestone ceasefire plan after some 13 hours of marathon talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The deal will come into force at sundown on Monday and lasts for at least seven days. It calls for increased humanitarian aid for those trapped inside the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.
From left to right: UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a press conference on September 10, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. ©AFP
Russian and American fighter jets would then launch joint airstrikes, and pound the positions of Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria.
Damascus has, for its part, committed to the demands of the deal. “The Syrian government has approved the agreement, and a cessation of hostilities will begin in Aleppo for humanitarian reasons,” Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
However, Syria’s main opposition group, the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said it yet had to receive “the official text” of the agreement.
“If we receive it, the HNC will study its details and the mechanisms of its implementation,” the group said.
Syria has been gripped by a foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
During past few years, Hezbollah resistance fighters have been helping the Syrian army in their battles against Takfiri terror groups, particularly those operating in the areas near the Lebanese border.
The resistance group says its military role in Syria is aimed at preventing the spillover of the crisis into Lebanon.