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Thursday, October 20

Several militant groups leave E. Aleppo. Safe corridors extended 24 hours


Law enforcement officers near cars and ambulances in a humanitarian corridor for civilians and militants along the Castello Road in northern Aleppo, Syria, October 20, 2016.
Photo: Michael Alaeddin / Sputnik

Several Groups of Militants Leave Eastern Aleppo through Safe Corridors
October 20, 2016 - 7:50
FARS
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of militants and their families started leaving Eastern Aleppo through the specified safe corridors established by the Syrian Army in the Eastern part of the flashpoint city.

The Syrian television said on Thursday that several groups of militants have started to leave Aleppo with their families through the Bostan al-Qasr checkpoint near the Castillo Road.

The militants' withdrawal from Eastern Aleppo came after Syrian President Bashar Assad issued an order of impunity for the militants that leave the Eastern Aleppo before the ongoing ceasefire expires.

Meanwhile, sources in Aleppo reported that heavy clashes have erupted among the terrorist groups after tensions rose over leaving or remaining in the city.

Sources in the city said the terrorists in certain areas engaged in armed clashes and opened fire at the people and other militants who intended to leave Aleppo.

According to the sources, the terrorists also launched mortar attacks on the safe corridors opened by the army for the passage of the people and militants.

"Bostan al-Qasr passage has been declared by terrorists as a war zone, and this has caused panic and horror among the people who have evacuated the streets and went to their houses now," a source in the region said.

Meantime, a source said that "2,000 to 2,500 people who sought to leave Aleppo had gathered in Bostan al-Qasr corridor, but the Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra) Front militants opened fire at them, wounded a number of them and didn’t allow them to evacuate the city".

The terrorists have also declared curfew in the Eastern parts of Aleppo and threatened the residents not to approach the corridors.

The army has not yet shown any reaction to the terrorists' aggressive moves in the region.

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Published time: 20 Oct, 2016 13:35
Edited time: 20 Oct, 2016 18:37

Russia has decided to extend the humanitarian pause around Aleppo, Syria, for another 24 hours, the Russian defense minister has said. Militants killed 14 local officials and wounded three Russian officers on the first day of the pause.

“On an order from the commander-in-chief of the Russian military, Vladimir Putin, we have decided to extend the humanitarian pause for one more day. The extension of the humanitarian pause in Aleppo was supported by the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Sergey Shoigu said.

Three Russian military officers were lightly wounded when militants opened fire targeting a humanitarian corridor leading from Aleppo, near the El-Masharka government checkpoint, the Russian Center for Reconciliation reports.

"Their lives are out of immediate danger," the center stated.

Inside Aleppo, Ahrar ash-Sham militants publicly executed 14 local officials for calling on locals to leave the western part of the city, the center also reported.
Eight wounded militants left Aleppo via one of the humanitarian corridors on the first day. According to the Center for Reconciliation, they were provided medical aid, fed and delivered to an area under rebel control.

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