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    Free Syrian Army Rejects Idea of Truce in Specific Areas of Syria

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    The Free Syrian Army (FSA) will "never in any case" accept the principle of divisibility or regional truces, according to the statement of the group.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Free Syrian Army (FSA) rejects the idea of the ceasefire in only specific areas of Syria and supports comprehensive agreement on the truce, members of the group said in a joint statement Sunday.

    Russia and the United States brokered the regime of silence that is implemented in the Damascus’ suburbs for 24 hours and in the northern Latakia province for 72 hours from midnight of April 30. The ceasefire in the Damascus' suburbs was since extended for another 24 hours, till the end of May 1.

    "The ceasefire which we have agreed upon, is first of all a comprehensive agreement, which includes the whole territory of Syria, with the exception of the territory under the control of the IS [banned in Russia]. And we will never in any case accept the principle of divisibility or regional truces," the statement said.

    The joint document was signed by 37 units of the FSA. The group also declared that it will create a joint military bloc to counter attacks across Syria.

    "We — the armed groups from across Syria will form a single bloc, any offensive that takes place in an area where our units are present, will be regarded as an attack against all the units throughout the Syrian territory, and we reserve the right to respond to it," the statement said.

    The ceasefire in Syria, worked out by Russia and the United States, took effect on February 27, but does not include groups that have been designated as terrorist by the United Nations.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition groups, including the Western-backed allegedly moderate factions, as well as Islamic terrorist groups.

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