Russia Caves In: A Small Token of Humanity For Aleppo

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff speaks to the media, with a map of the area around Aleppo seen in the background, at the Russian Defense Ministry’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Rudskoi was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Monday that Russian and Syrian forces will halt their fighting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 in order to allow civilians and rebels safe passage out of the city as well as for the evacuation of the sick and wounded. On Tuesday reporters were told the air strikes would end “immediately.” (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says the airstrikes were suspended starting from 10 a.m. 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 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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 neighboring rebel-held province of Idlib.

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


Syria — Destroyed aid trucks stand near the rebel-held town of Urum al-Kubra. September 20, 2016. The US, UK and France said Russia bombed the humanitarian aid convoy. Russia denied the charge. Reuters

A rescue worker runs at a market hit by air strikes in east Aleppo [File: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters]

A still image from video taken October 12, 2016 of a general view of the bomb damaged Old City area of Aleppo, Syria. Video released October 12, 2016. REUTERS/via ReutersTV

Source: Al Jazeera News And News Agencies

“All we could see was a child’s feet.” — Members of the Syrian Civil Defense group recovered a body after airstrikes on Saturday in the contested city of Aleppo. More than 90 people died on Friday, and more than 100 on Saturday.Credit Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, via Associated Press.

The once amicable friendship of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov seems to have turned into trouble. Kerry and Lavrov pose unhappily together for a photo at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, on Sept 23, 2016. PHOTO by REUTERS

France’s President Hollande. Reuters Photo

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