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Terrorists hold Aleppo civilians hostage, demanding $300 per person ransom

November 02, 2016, 7:10 UTC+3 ALEPPO
This is a racking sum for most people remaining in eastern Aleppo
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ALEPPO, November 2 /TASS/. Terrorists in Aleppo have announced a price, which civilians have to pay for exit to the humanitarian corridors, in leaflets distributed on behalf of the Supreme Military Council of Jaish al-Fateh rebel coalition - 150,000 Syrian liras or approximately $300 per person.

"Our leadership realizes the level of suffering endured by the city’s peaceful civilians because of the bombardments and the blockade of Aleppo neighborhoods by the Syrian army. After consultation with our brothers, we will let the residents aged under 14 and older than 55 out of the city if each of them pays 150,000 Syrian liras for an opportunity to leave in order to support our brothers fighting on the fronts," the leaflets said.

This is a racking sum for most people remaining in eastern Aleppo. They do not have food or water. "Where can we find 150,000 liras … and what if a person does not have the money? Does it mean that he or she should die?! We want to get out of here. We have nothing here to survive…," the local residents said.

To prevent civilian casualties, the Syrian and Russian military have created 8 humanitarian corridors, which both the civilians and the militants can use to get out of the surrounded neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo. The corridors are working round the clock.

Rebels use chemical weapons

Rebels continue delivering air strikes at Aleppo injuring more than a hundred civilians every day. The shelling has increased in recent days. According to the military, the terrorists used bombs filled with a toxic gas on October 30 in a bid to break the encirclement. Both the Syrian military and civilians were hurt.

The Al Razi Hospital admitted 46 patients with symptoms of chemical poisoning. "They had symptoms like sickness, vomiting, loss of consciousness, temporary paralysis of extremities, headache, fluid lungs and foam coming from the mouth. Upon receiving medical aid, the patients said that prior to losing their senses, they had felt a smell of washing powder and chlorine," Aleppo’s chief forensic pathologist said.

According to the military, 55 civilians, including 17 children and 7 pregnant women, have died and 335 have been injured (more than 30 are in critical condition) in Aleppo over the past five days.

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