Rus­sia sets brief cease-fire for Aleppo as strikes kill 36

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Rus­sian and Syr­ian forces will halt hos­til­i­ties for eight hours in the east­ern dis­tricts of Aleppo, Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary an­nounced on Mon­day, a day on which op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said their airstrikes killed at least 36 peo­ple, in­clud­ing sev­eral chil­dren, in and around the di­vided city.

The two mil­i­taries will ob­serve a “hu­man­i­tar­ian pause” be­tween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thurs­day to al­low civil­ians and mil­i­tants safe pas­sage out of the city, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rud­skoi of Rus­sia’s gen­eral staff said in Moscow. Mil­i­tants, the wounded and sick would be al­lowed to evac­u­ate to the neigh­bor­ing rebel-held prov­ince of Idlib.

U.N. hu­man­i­tar­ian of­fi­cials have pleaded with com­bat­ants to ob­serve weekly 48-hour cease-fires to al­low hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief into the city’s be­sieged east­ern dis­tricts, but Rus­sian and Syr­ian forces have only es­ca­lated their aerial and ground as­sault on the rebel-held ar­eas in re­cent weeks.

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