Kabul, 10 May 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan for the upcoming holidays at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
All Taliban fighters are instructed to cease offensive operations across the country from the first to the third day of Eid-al Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, a Taliban statement published on Sunday night said.
The holiday is set to begin on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the sighting of the new moon.
Taliban fighters are prohibited from visiting government-controlled areas or giving “enemy personnel” access to areas controlled by the Islamists.
A response from the government in Kabul is still pending.
The Taliban has declared ceasefires to mark the end of Ramadan in the past as well.
There have been growing concerns about the security situation in Afghanistan since May 1, the date that international troops officially began their withdrawal. The process is due to be completed by September 11 at the latest.
The Taliban lately have launched several offensives in several provinces. Some of them were successful, others were repelled by the security forces of the government. There were also numerous skirmishes on Sunday night.