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World Afghanistan is moving towards three days of cease-fire for Eid al-Fitr

02:56  24 may  2020
02:56  24 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Eid al - Fitr , also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

On June 9, the Taliban announced a three - day ceasefire with Afghan government forces over the Eid al - Fitr “ Afghan government welcomes any move whether it is small or big which stops bloodshed of even the Afghanistan welcomes the ceasefire announcement by the Taliban,” Chakhansuri said

Un soldat des forces armées afghanes dans la province de Ghazni, le 18 mai 2020. © REUTERS / Mustafa Andaleb A soldier of the Afghan armed forces in Ghazni province, May 18, 2020.

The Taliban announced this Saturday, May 23, a cease-fire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan which is to begin on Sunday. President Ashraf Ghani immediately agreed.

The Taliban surprised by declaring a three-day ceasefire unilaterally so that their fellow citizens could celebrate the Eid holidays. In its statement, the insurgent leadership orders its combatants to "take special measures for the security of their compatriots, and not to launch offensive operations against the enemy", but they can defend themselves if they are attacked.

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban announced a three - day cease - fire over the Eid al - Fitr holiday at the end of the holy "The government of Afghanistan is hopeful that this process will become a long term process and will result in a sustainable peace in Afghanistan ," Chakhansuri said.

The Taliban will observe a three - day nationwide truce in Afghanistan starting Sunday for the Eid religious holidays, according to spokesman Zabihullah The group had also held a three - day cease - fire in 2018 during the same Eid al - Fitr holiday. — With assistance by Chakradhar Adusumilli.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted the Taliban offer and ordered his troops to abide by the terms. "As commander-in-chief, I told the ANDSF (the national defense and security forces) to respect this three-day truce and to defend yourself only in the event of an attack," said he tweeted, welcoming the Taliban’s announcement.

It is the first time that the Taliban have called for themselves to lay down their arms since an international coalition led by the United States ousted them from power in late 2001. In late April, they rejected an offer to cease -the fire of Ashraf Ghani on the occasion of Ramadan, which they had described as "not rational or convincing".

The Taliban intensified their attacks against the Afghan security forces just after signed in late February in Doha an agreement with the United States aimed at withdrawing foreign troops from Afghanistan within 14 months in exchange for security considerations. They have carried out more than 3,800 attacks since March, killing 420 civilians and injuring 906 others, according to Afghan authorities on Monday. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Manua), in a report released on Tuesday, identified 208 civilians killed in April by the rebels, a figure up 25% compared to April 2019.

Ashraf Ghani, who multiplies for years the requests for cease-fire, had reached a three-day cessation of fighting in June 2018 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Surprising scenes of fraternization between Taliban fighters and members of the Afghan security forces had then occurred, the two camps hugging and taking pictures. The Taliban also respected a partial nine-day truce from February 22 to March 2 on the occasion of the signing of the Doha agreement with the Americans.

(With AFP)

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