On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a ceasefire in Syria that took effect three days later. The ceasefire unraveled, however, after a September 17 US airstrike on Syrian troops and the government’s subsequent offensive against terrorist positions in the city of Aleppo.

 

Fighting has been continuing in Aleppo during most of the five-year Syrian conflict. The Russian and Syrian governments agreed to stop airstrikes on Islamist fighters controlling parts of the city starting on Thursday. The humanitarian pause was later extended into Friday afternoon.

 

“Late on Monday, October 24, 48 women and children, accompanied by the officers of the Russian reconciliation center and Syrian authorities left eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridor. They have been provided with the necessary medical aid, hot meal and night accommodation.”

 

Konashenko added, that six humanitarian corridors, hot meals and first aid stations continued working for those civilians who wanted to flee Aleppo.

 

On October 20, the humanitarian pause was introduced in the embattled city of Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of unarmed militants, and civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corridors. However, al-Nusra Front, recently renamed as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, prevented civilians who wanted to flee the city, attacking people, during their attempts to leave Aleppo.