Rus­sia claims break in Aleppo fight­ing, res­i­dents see no letup

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BEIRUT | Rus­sia said the Syr­ian army was sus­pend­ing com­bat op­er­a­tions in Aleppo late Thurs­day to al­low for the evac­u­a­tion of civil­ians from be­sieged rebel-held neigh­bor­hoods, but res­i­dents and fight­ers re­ported no letup in the bomb­ing and shelling cam­paign on the op­po­si­tion’s ever-shrink­ing en­clave.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov, speak­ing in Ger­many af­ter talks with U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry, said mil­i­tary ex­perts and diplo­mats would meet Satur­day in Geneva to work out de­tails of the rebels’ exit from Aleppo’s east­ern neigh­bor­hoods. Mr. Lavrov said the Syr­ian army sus­pended com­bat ac­tion late Thurs­day to al­low some 8,000 civil­ians to leave, but op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said there was no halt to the govern­ment of­fen­sive.

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