Written by Keshala Dias
21 Oct, 2016 | 10:45 am
Russia says it will extend by 24 hours its “humanitarian pause” in air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, taking the break up until Friday afternoon..
Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu said President Vladimir Putin has ordered the extension to 4 p.m. Syrian time.UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said he hoped hundreds of sick and wounded could be evacuated by the deadline.
But rebels have rejected the truce, with reports of continued clashes and few residents heeding calls to leave.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said militants were “preventing the evacuation of the population”, as he discussed the crisis by phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russian and Syrian government forces suspended their air strikes on Tuesday October 18, to pave the way for the truce, which is aimed at opening up eight exit corridors from the east of the city to allow residents to leave the besieged area.
Rebel fighters have been given a chance to leave via two corridors, provided they leave behind their weapons.
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