The 10-hour pause was announced by Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov on Wednesday.

 

“To avoid senseless victims, Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu decided to introduce a humanitarian pause in Aleppo from 9:00 a.m. [07:00 GMT] to 7:00 p.m. on November 4 on behalf of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin,” Gerasimov said.

 

Aleppo has become the scene of ferocious battles between the Syrian army and the militants holding the city’s eastern districts, with many international organizations voicing their concern about the civilian population trapped in the city torn by war.

 

Russia introduced the so-called humanitarian pause in October, to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians and unarmed militants from eastern part of the embattled city via eight designated corridors.

 

During the humanitarian pause, the Nusra Front terrorist group, recently renamed Jabhat Fatah al Sham and outlawed in Russia, prevented civilians from fleeing the city, attacking them. As the evacuation failed and the humanitarian pause ended, the Syrian government launched an offensive against the militants.