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Syrian president extends law on amnesty for militants for three months

November 24, 2016, 8:28 UTC+3 ALEPPO

The city’s residents were shocked by the massacre on Sunday when eight children were killed

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ALEPPO, November 24. /TASS/. Syrian President Bashar Assad has extended the law on amnesty for militants for three months, Aleppo province governor Hussein Diab said in an address to residents of the eastern part of Aleppo controlled by terrorists.

"Our dear friends and brothers in eastern Aleppo! I address you today with a brotherly advice. Return to your senses, to your Syria, to you patriotism and take this golden chance that might be the last. Syria never was a place for terrorism, and will never be," he said.

Authorities preparing humanitarian aid

"These foreign terrorists trade you on the international arena and do not allow you to leave so that they can use you as human shields. They also store large amounts of food, of which you get nothing. With the help of weapons, they terrorize, prevent you from exiting the eastern parts of the city," the governor said.

Diab said that the authorities have prepared and continue preparing everything necessary for a warm welcome. "[They] provided you with humanitarian and medical educational centers. There will be enough for decent living for you and your future children," the address said.

He noted that "the chance still stands for those who took up arms against their brothers in our motherland." Talking about Assad’s decision to extend the law on amnesty for three months, the governor said:

"My advice to you is as follows - hurry up to take advantage of this proposal which shows the state’s care for its children. Come back to the warm embrace of you motherland!"

Demonstrations against violence

Demonstrations against violence continue in Aleppo. The city’s residents were shocked by the massacre on Sunday when eight children were killed. Students at local schools, representatives of youth organizations organized a flash mob in one of the areas recently liberated from terrorists. Children wrote a letter asking to stop shellings. They showed these writings in the middle of a destroyed street. Even five-year-old children called for peace, as military actions left no family unaffected.

"We came here so that children of eastern Aleppo can return to us. So that they can play with us, so that we live together, read books together. We love them. Please stop fighting," a girl named Ranim said.

Children suffer most

"Our children suffer the most from shellings. They want to go to schools but they can’t. Militants want to destroy their future. But we believe that our army will finally liberate Aleppo from militants, and will live as we did before," a girl named Sara Hazuri said.

Despite the fact that terrorists continue shelling residential areas thus killing children, the Syrian authorities made a generous gesture by extending the law on amnesty for militants adopted at the end of October.

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