Da­m­as­cus, Syria

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Aleppo cease­fire: The Syr­ian mil­i­tary an­nounced last Thurs­day that a uni­lat­eral cease­fire backed by Rus­sia had come into force to al­low peo­ple to leave be­sieged east­ern Aleppo. How­ever, the rebels have said it is part of a psy­cho­log­i­cal cam­paign to get them to sur­ren­der. In­ten­si­fied Rus­sian and Syr­ian bomb­ing of be­sieged rebel-held parts of Aleppo in the past weeks has hit hos­pi­tals, bak­eries and wa­ter pump­ing sta­tions, and killed hun­dreds of civil­ians. Mean­while, Rus­sian war­ships off the coast of Nor­way are car­ry­ing fighter bombers that are likely to re­in­force a fi­nal as­sault on the be­sieged Syr­ian city of Aleppo in two weeks, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior NATO diplo­mat. The ad­di­tional mil­i­tary fire­power was de­signed to drive out or de­stroy the 8,000 rebels in Aleppo, the only large city still in op­po­si­tion hands.

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