Taliban announces ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr

In Afghanistan, the Taliban unilaterally announced a three-day ceasefire on Saturday night for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. President Ashraf Ghani accepted his offer.

A gun violence in Afghanistan. The Taliban unilaterally announced a three-day ceasefire on Saturday, May 23, following Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan which will start on Sunday, after intensifying its offensive against Afghan forces since March.

The rebellious leadership orders its fighters to “take special measures for the security of their countrymen and not to launch offensive operations against the enemy”, but they will be able to defend themselves if attacked, perhaps we read in a Taliban press release sent by one of the their spokesmen.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted their offer shortly after ordering his troops to comply.

“As chief of staff, I told ANDSF (the national defense and security forces) to respect this three-day long weapon and to defend yourself only in the event of an attack,” said Ashraf Ghani, who “welcomed” the Taliban’s announcement.

First call for ceasefire from the Taliban

This is the first time the Taliban are calling for their weapons to be abandoned since an international coalition led by the United States expelled them from power in late 2001. At the end of April, they rejected an offer to quit. -the fire of President Ashraf Ghani on the occasion of Ramadan, which they described as “not rational or convincing”.

The Taliban intensified their attacks on the Afghan security forces shortly after signing an agreement with the United States in late February in Doha to withdraw 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) identified in a report released on Tuesday 208 civilians killed in April by the rebels, a 25% increase over April 2019.

Ashraf Ghani, who has been requesting weapons weapons requests for several years, had come to a three-day cessation of fighting in June 2018 on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. Surprising scenes of embroidery between Taliban fighters and members of the Afghan security forces had occurred, the two camps hugging and taking pictures.

The Taliban also respected a nine-day firearm from February 22 to March 2 on the signing of the Doha agreement with the Americans.

With AFP