Russia and Syria have stopped the bombardment of Aleppo for the introduction of the humanitarian pause
Air and space forces of the Russian Federation and the Syrian air force on October 18 to terminate air strikes in Aleppo, reported the Russian side. The bombing stopped for the introduction of humanitarian pause, which will allow to deduce from a city of civilians. In addition, the planned withdrawal of the Syrian army, thanks to which the armed fighters will also be able to safely leave the settlement.
On the cessation of air strikes in Aleppo said on Tuesday, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, reports “Interfax”. “Today, from 10 a.m. stop air strikes of Russian air force and Syrian air force in Aleppo. Early termination of the air strikes necessary for the introduction of the humanitarian pause 20 October,” – said the head of the defense Ministry on a conference call.
According to the Minister, early cessation of air strikes “to ensure the safety of the exit along the six corridors of civilians and prepare for evacuation of sick and wounded from the Eastern part of Aleppo.”
However, Shoigu has asked the leadership of the countries who have influence on militants in the East of Aleppo, to convince the rebel leaders to stop fighting and to leave the city. The Minister promised that the Syrian troops would withdraw to allow the militants with weapons to freely leave the area. To release the rebels from the city will create two special corridor: the first is on the way, Costello, the second – in the district of Souk El-Hai, assured Shoigu.
The chief of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Sergey rudskoy has informed that the 20th of October from 08:00 to 16:00 in the district of Aleppo will be introduced to the humanitarian pause. At eight o’clock FSI Russian and Syrian troops stop attacking the city.
The head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini on the eve welcomed the Russian decision to impose the 8-hour humanitarian pause in Aleppo. At the same time, it recalled that the UN had reported earlier about the need for a 12-hour pause. The representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarric said that eight hours may not be enough to deliver the necessary assistance.
The correspondents of The Financial Times Nazih Osseiran and Arthur Beazley noted that high-ranking officials, accepted 17 October participation in the meeting of foreign Ministers of the EU countries in Luxembourg, which discussed the Syrian conflict, “was skeptical about the statement of Moscow”. “One diplomat said it could be an attempt to “stir up trouble in connection with the issue of sanctions”, – stated in the article, translated by the site InoPressa. Journalists recalled that Moscow’s statement on the humanitarian pause “followed intense pressure on Russia the United States and Europe calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria.”