After days of bombing, Russia proposes safe corridors to besieged people in Aleppo

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad stand near barricades after they advanced on the southern side of the Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday. | SANA / HANDOUT VIA REUTERS
Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad stand near barricades after they advanced on the southern side of the Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday. | SANA / HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

BBC – Russia has indicated it is ready to discuss opening four safe corridors to the besieged, rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN says.

Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said they might be used to supply food and medicine to the 250,000 people there.

Conditions were now so dire that medical operations were being conducted without anaesthetics, he warned.

Russian-backed Syrian government forces have retaken more than a third of eastern Aleppo since the weekend.

On Thursday, state media reported that the Syrian army had captured the Sakan Shababi and Masaken al-Buthuth al-Ilmiya areas.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said clashes were continuing inside Sakan Shababi and also that rebel fighters had regained part of Sheikh Saad, in the south.

At a news conference in Geneva, the head of the UN’s humanitarian task force for Syria said Russia had announced it wanted to “sit down in Aleppo with our people there to discuss how we can use the four corridors to evacuate people”.

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