Al-Arabiya news reported on Wednesday that the Syrian Defense Ministry announced, it would cease all operations and attacks against opposition forces on Thursday morning, but Syrian forces will stay on maximum alert.
State-run SANA news agency said in a statement "after our armed forces carried out successful missions in combating the criminal acts of terrorist groups and imposed the authority of the state on its land, decided to end operations starting tomorrow morning."
The international envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, said Wednesday in Tehran that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad had given him further clarification: "What they want are assurances that the other forces, the opposition forces, also stop the fighting to facilitate a cessation of all violence."
"We got positive responses that the Syrian government will respect the cease-fire. If everyone respects it .I think by 6 in the morning on Thursday we shall see improved conditions on the ground," Annan said.
On the ground, government forces, backed by dozens of armored personnel carriers, deployed in Maarba in the province of Deraa, cradle of the protest in the south, amid heavy gunfire, reported the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
Searches were also underway in other towns, according to the Observatory.
According to the Local Coordinating Committees (LCC), government forces launched an offensive on several cities in this province, where heavy explosions and gunfire were heard. The activists also reported that military helicopters flew over several cities, including Dmeir, 40 kilometers from Damascus.
New bombing also took place at night on several districts of Homs, including Khaldiye, according to the LCC. On Wednesday at least 12 people were killed, activists said.