Rebels: Syria truce faces first major test tomorrow

"Biggest possible" demonstrations will take place after Friday prayers, opposition leader says, "While we call on Syrian people to protest strongly... we ask them to be cautious"; ceasefire appears to be holding.

April 12, 2012 13:56
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Syrians demonstrate near Homs [file]

Syrians demonstrate near Homs 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Shaam News Network)

BEIRUT - Syrian protests after weekly prayers on Friday will be the first major test for

"I see that this is a fragile ceasefire as long as the weapons are still in the street and not pulled back," Ghalioun said, adding that the Syrian Defense Ministry had warned it remained on alert with "its hand on the trigger."

The ceasefire brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan is the first in 13 months of protest and insurgency in which the United Nations says more than 9,000 people have been killed by Assad's forces. Authorities blame the violence on foreign-backed Islamist militants, who they say have killed 2,600 soldiers and police.

"I think the international community and Kofi Annan should deal with caution, and also the Syrian people should be careful," Ghalioun said.

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