Russia pauses airstrikes on Aleppo for humanitarian aids

People remove belongings from a site damaged in an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Oct. 17. PHOTO: REUTERS
People remove belongings from a site damaged in an airstrike in the rebel-held al-Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Oct. 17. PHOTO: REUTERS

Russian and Syrian warplanes have suspended air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo ahead of a humanitarian pause on Thursday, Russia has said.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the bombing had been halted early on Tuesday.

Russia had already announced an eight-hour pause between 08:00 (05:00 GMT) and 16:00 on Thursday.

Mr Shoigu urged rebels and civilians in the besieged eastern area of the city to use humanitarian corridors to leave.

Russian warplanes pounded the rebel-held areas of Aleppo shortly before announcing Tuesday’s suspension, activists say.

A couple and their three children were killed in the overnight bombing, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.

More than 430 people have been killed in the recent bombardment of rebel areas, it says.

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