Rus­sia, Syria halt Aleppo airstrikes ahead of 8-hour lull

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

Rus­sian and Syr­ian war­planes halted their airstrikes on Syria’s be­sieged city of Aleppo on Tues­day in prepa­ra­tion for a tem­po­rary pause in the mil­i­tary push that Mos­cow has an­nounced for later in the week, the Rus­sian de­fense min­is­ter said.

Ac­cord­ing to De­fense Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu, the halt in the strikes should help pave way for mil­i­tants to leave the eastern rebel-held parts of the con­tested city.

Both Rus­sian and Syr­ian air raids on the northern city of Aleppo were sus­pended at 10 a.m. Tues­day, Shoigu said. He de­scribed the sus­pen­sion as a pre­cur­sor for the open­ing of hu­man­i­tar­ian cor­ri­dors.

Mos­cow on Mon­day an­nounced a “hu­man­i­tar­ian pause” be­tween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thurs­day to al­low civil­ians and mil­i­tants safe pas­sage out of the city.

At that time, Rus­sian and Syr­ian mil­i­taries will halt any of­fen­sive ac­tions. Syr­ian rebels, in­clud­ing al-Qaida mil­i­tants, as well as the wounded and the sick will be al­lowed to leave to the neigh­bor­ing rebel-held prov­ince of Idlib.

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