DAMASCUS, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army announced Thursday the halt of all military operations nationwide for the next four days to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, however, preserving the right to retaliate in case the armed rebels continued aggressions against civilians and government troops.
In a statement carried by the state-TV, the army's general command said the truce will go into effect from Friday morning till Monday.
The army said the truce would be invalid if the armed groups continued "firing at civilians and government troops as well as attacking public and private properties and using booby-trapped cars and improvised explosive devices."
The truce would also be nullified if the armed groups consolidated their presence or received enforcements with fighters or munitions, the statement said.
The army's announcement came in response to the international efforts to establish a cease of fighting across Syria during the four-day Muslim Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.