Russia says to halt Aleppo strikes for 8 hours on Thursday



Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday.
But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give Islamist rebels in the city an opportunity to regroup.
The United Nations, which has long called for weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses in the fighting, welcomed the Russian announcement.
"Any lessening of the violence, lessening of the fighting, any pause that's... read more

 
17 October 2016 in World News, Views: 38
Source: Reuters
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