Russian, Syrian planes halting airstrikes on Aleppo

2016-10-18 10:41
A Syrian rescue worker walks away from a bulldozer in the opposition-held district of Al-Mashhad near Aleppo. (Karam al-Masri, AFP)

A Syrian rescue worker walks away from a bulldozer in the opposition-held district of Al-Mashhad near Aleppo. (Karam al-Masri, AFP)

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Moscow - Russia has announced that Russian and Syrian warplanes are halting airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says the airstrikes were suspended starting from 10:00 on Tuesday. He says the suspension is intended to prepare for the opening of humanitarian corridors for the rebels to leave Aleppo.

Russia says its forces and the Syrian army will observe a "humanitarian pause" between 08:00 and 16:00 on Thursday, to allow civilians and militants safe passage out of the city. At that time, Syrian rebels, including al-Qaida militants, as well as the wounded and the sick will be allowed to leave to the neighbouring rebel-held province of Idlib.

Shoigu urged the countries wielding influence with the rebels in Aleppo to persuade them to leave the city.

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