Syrian protestors at a funeral 311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
AMMAN - Syrian forces have pulled back from a rebel-held town near Lebanon after an agreement with insurgents to end fighting, a senior opposition leader in contact with residents said on Thursday.
Dozens of tanks and armored vehicles that had been surrounding Zabadani, 30 km northwest of Damascus, pulled back on Wednesday night to military garrisons 8 km away, and food and basic supplies have started reaching the town, Kamal al-Labwani told Reuters.
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attack on Zabadani could renew any time. They may have pulled out of
the area because they want to replace troops that have been hesitant to
storm the town with more loyal forces," said Labwani, who is in the
President Bashar Assad's forces attacked
Zabadani on Friday, after frequent demonstrations against his rule in
the mixed Sunni Muslim and Christian town, situated near smuggling
routes in mountains separating Syria from Lebanon.
It was the
first big military assault since Arab monitors arrived in the country
last month. Residents and opposition sources say insurgents managed to
hold back the attacking troops until a ceasefire was reached on Tuesday.
was no immediate comment from the Syrian authorities and state media
have not mentioned the Zabadani ceasefire or five days of fighting that
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