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Defense ministry organizes mass escape for Aleppo civilians via humanitarian corridors

December 10, 2016, 12:38 UTC+3
Most part of Aleppo is now controlled by the Syrian government
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MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has organized a mass escape for civilians from Aleppo along the humanitarian corridors.

"The Russian reconciliation center has organized escape for civilians from east Aleppo along the humanitarian corridors in Karim-Khun and al-Mahayar to the city's safe districts," the ministry said. 

"Only in the first half of the day, from eastern districts have escaped more than 20 thousand civilians, and 1,217 militants have laid arms," the ministry spokesman added.

The people, who have used the corridors, are accommodated at special humanitarian centers, where they all receive hot food and medical assistance.

"People are escaping along the humanitarian corridors in an ongoing flow to the part of the city, controlled by the Syrian government," spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said. "The Syrian government controls 93% of Aleppo."

The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria uses drones to monitor round-the-clock how civilians are escaping the blocked districts of the city. The online broadcast is available on the ministry’s website

"We warn terrorists and militants from the so-called moderate opposition, and also address their supervisors. Do not try undertaking whatever provocations or even firing on civilians using the humanitarian corridors for the escape," the spokesman said. "We address those, who for the recent several months announced readiness to send over to Aleppo their humanitarian assistance: to representatives of the US, Great Britain, France, Canada, the European Union and international organizations. It is time to verify your intentions," Konashenkov has urged. 

For the time of the humanitarian escape, the Syrian forces have stopped the attack. As the people flee the eastern districts, the Syrian forces will continue the combat operation to push out or kill the militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said. 

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