Russian General Staff: Applying humanitarian pause in Aleppo for 10 hours next Friday

Moscow, SANA – The Russian General Staff announced on Wednesday that a 10-hour humanitarian pause will be applied in Aleppo next Friday from 9 am to 7 pm according to the local time.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov clarified that the decision was approved by Syrian authorities and was meant to “prevent senseless casualties” by allowing civilians and gunmen to leave the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

“All of the militants’ attempts to break through in the city of Aleppo have been unsuccessful. The terrorists suffered heavy losses of manpower, weaponry and military equipment. They have no chance to escape from the city,” Gerasimov said.

He called upon all terrorist groups’ leaders to get out from Aleppo city in light of Washington’s failure to separate “the opposition” from the terrorists.

One of the corridors for the gunmen leads to the Turkish-Syrian border and another one to Idleb countryside, the General said, adding “During Friday’s pause, six additional corridors will be opened for civilians wishing to leave the city.”

Over October 20, 21 and 22, the Russian and Syrian sides applied a “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians from eastern part of the city and the militants willing to drop arms via eight corridors. During the humanitarian pause, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group attacked civilians to prevent them fleeing the city.

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