Min­istry: Ex­tra ‘hu­man­i­tar­ian pause’ in Aleppo helps mil­i­tants

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Columbia, and was sta­tioned out­side his hospi­tal room as he re­cov­ered. The pool also trav­els on va­ca­tion and for­eign trips and at times cap­tures per­sonal, and his­toric mo­ments of the pres­i­dency.

News or­gan­i­sa­tions take turns serv­ing in the small group, pay­ing their way and shar­ing the ma­te­rial col­lected in the pool with the larger press corps. The pool also cov­ers of­fi­cial events at the White House when space doesn’t al­low for the full press corps.

The As­so­ci­ated Press is among those reach­ing out to Trump ad­vis­ers about press ac­cess. MOSCOW (AP): RUS­SIA BRIS­TLED at ex­tend­ing the breaks in the fighting in Aleppo, say­ing it would play into the hands of the mil­i­tants, but promised that such halts will con­tinue, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Rus­sian De­fense Min­istry.

Spokesman Ma­jor Gen­eral Igor Konashenkov said yes­ter­day that the min­istry had re­ceived a re­quest from United Na­tions of­fi­cial Jan Ege­land to ex­tend the “hu­man­i­tar­ian pause” in Aleppo.

Konashenkov crit­i­cised the (UN) for fail­ing to make use of the 10-hour pause to de­liver aid, de­spite be­ing given ad­vance no­tice.

“The hu­man­i­tar­ian pauses are un­doubt­edly needed,” Konashenkov said.

“But we be­lieve that sim­ply ex­tend­ing their du­ra­tion with­out of­fer­ing real as­sis­tance to civil­ians, and al­low the ter­ror­ists to re­store their ca­pa­bil­i­ties, would be un­pro­duc­tive and defy com­mon sense.”

AT­TACKED DUR­ING BREAK

Rus­sia has re­peat­edly in­tro­duced such dawn-to-dusk breaks to al­low both fight­ers and civil­ians to leave Aleppo’s rebel-held east­ern part. But mil­i­tants have re­fused to leave, and dur­ing the last such halt on Fri­day they fired at one of hu­man­i­tar­ian cor­ri­dors, wound­ing two Rus­sian ser­vice­men.

Moscow said Rus­sian and Syr­ian war­planes haven’t been con­duct­ing any airstrikes on the city of Aleppo since Oc­to­ber 18. The halt on strikes did not ap­ply to the wider Aleppo prov­ince.

Rus­sia’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Ryabkov yes­ter­day poured scorn on the US of­fi­cials who ques­tioned the use­ful­ness of Rus­sia’s “hu­man­i­tar­ian pauses”.

“The de­gree of these peo­ple’s capri­cious­ness is amaz­ing,” Ryabkov said in com­ments car­ried by the In­ter­fax news agency.

“No mat­ter what we do, it’s all bad. If we carry out strikes it’s bad; if we don’t, it’s bad. If we open hu­man­i­tar­ian cor­ri­dors it’s also bad.”

Ryabkov said that breaks in fighting in Aleppo would con­tinue to be ob­served to help civil­ians.

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