Editor's note: Syria's government and its main rebel force, the Free Syrian Army, both said Thursday they will halt military operations during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which lasts from Friday to Monday.
[Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET] Though Syria's government says it agrees to the holiday truce, it says it reserves the right to respond to "terrorist" attacks, including bombings, as well as "terrorists" trying to reinforce their positions; and to protect neighboring borders that "terrorists" cross.
On the rebel side, a top Free Syrian Army general said his fighting force had agreed to halt military operations if the Syrian government does so as well. He was doubtful, however, that it would hold.
At least 68 people died across the country Thursday – ahead of Friday's cease-fire – amid fighting and shelling, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. At least 31 of them died in Damascus and its suburbs and 10 in Aleppo.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed reports of the cease-fire, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. See more details here.
[Initial post, 11:13 a.m. ET] Syria has just announced that it will suspend military operations from Friday morning until Monday.
The announcement came on state TV. It's part of a cease-fire proposed by joint U.N.-Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for the Muslim holiday of Eid.
See more details here.