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    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) guarantees it will do everything possible to protect civilians in eastern Aleppo and evacuate them from the dangerous area, and welcomes Russian push for the humanitarian pause in the area, ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said on Thursday.

    SOCHI (Sputnik) — The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that Russian and Syrian authorities were ready to resume the humanitarian pause in Aleppo if the international organizations provided guarantees of their readiness to evacuate civilians from the city.

    "Guarantees cannot be provided. What I can guarantee is that we as an organization want to do our best. We are in the field, so we want to be able to do that. I can guarantee for us, my own organization, to be willing to do that, but I will not be able to guarantee for all of the warring parties," Daccord told reporters at Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi.

    "I welcome the fact that Russia is really willing to contribute to humanitarian truce…. I am much more in favor of it than of corridors," he added.

    The official added that the ICRC closely collaborated with Russia, especially on humanitarian issues in order to help civilians in the conflict zones.

    "We do collaborate with Russia, at several levels… One — because Russia is a member of the [UN] Security Council. So we have a lot of discussions when it comes to the SC," he said, adding that the two sides cooperated on such issues as humanitarian convoys and humanitarian truce.

    The ongoing violence in Syria has claimed the lives of thousands of people and displaced millions more. The international community has undertaken steps to end the Syrian conflict and to solve the humanitarian crisis in the Middle Eastern country.

    On October 20, the Russian "humanitarian pause" was introduced in the embattled city of Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corridors. During the humanitarian pause, al-Nusra Front terrorist group, recently renamed as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, prevented civilians from fleeing the city, attacking them. On Sunday, the government forces started offensive in the south of Aleppo after the end of the humanitarian pause.


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