21:47 GMT12 August 2020
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    No one so far has used exit routes from Aleppo, hours after a humanitarian ceasefire had come into force in the Syrian city, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Thursday.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — Buses and ambulances are still waiting for evacuees, ready to bring them to safety, the correspondent said. No fighting has been reported near the Castello road in northern Aleppo.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared on Tuesday that an eight-hour pause in Russian and Syrian airstrikes would be observed starting early Thursday to allow aid agencies bring lifesaving aid to Aleppo and evacuate the sick and the wounded. On Wednesday, it was extended by three hours.

    A total of eight humanitarian routes have been opened to allow people escape the besieged city – six are intended for civilians and two for militants willing to lay down their arms.


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