Wednesday, October 18, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Battle for Aleppo: Russia offers humanitarian pause

Russia says aid corridors to stay open on Friday for longer hours and fighters have two routes to leave eastern Aleppo.

Aleppo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered a new humanitarian pause in Syria's Aleppo, urging opposition fighters to use it to leave the besieged eastern districts.

Russia's defence ministry said Putin ordered that the aid corridors - which Russia had opened earlier - will also be open on Friday, for longer hours, from 9am to 7pm, along with two new exit routes for the fighters to leave eastern Aleppo.

The ministry announced Putin's new gesture in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said that the exits will be open on Friday for both civilians and rebels "in order to prevent a senseless loss of life".

It also said that the opposition offensive on the Syrian government-held districts in western Aleppo that was launched last week had failed to break through the siege.

Salvos of rockets

Fighters launched a major assault on Friday, backed by car bombs and salvos of rockets, to break through government lines and reach the 250,000 people besieged in Aleppo's east.

Since then, opposition factions have amassed on Aleppo's western outskirts in a bid to end Bashar al-Assad government's three-month encirclement of the city's eastern districts.

Aleppo has been hit by some of the worst violence in Syria's five-year conflict, turning the once-bustling economic hub into a divided and bombed-out symbol of the war.

map


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Peshmerga: Baghdad to pay heavy pri...

Read More

Kirkuk offensive: Thousands flee as...

Read More

Israeli jets attack anti-aircraft b...

Read More

What price have Iraqi Kurds paid fo...

Read More

Egypt: Six troops, 24 attackers kil...

Read More

Baghdad: Iraqi forces in full contr...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Che Guevara remembered

Is it autumn yet in Europe?