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    Local Authorities Being Formed in Aleppo Regions Liberated From Militants

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    Aleppo's liberated parts are returning to peaceful life, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said.

    HMEYMIM (Syria), (Sputnik) – Aleppo’s regions liberated from terrorists are returning to peaceful life, with the formation of local authorities underway, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said in a statement on Sunday.

    “The Russian center for reconciliation of warring parties has arranged the delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo’s regions liberated from terrorists. The neighborhoods are returning to peaceful life, local authorities are being formed, security and order are ensured,” the statement said.

    It added that the Syrian government forces have significantly advanced toward eastern parts of the Aleppo city over the past two days. Five neighborhoods and over 2,000 buildings have been freed from al-Nusra Front (banned in Russia) terrorists and affiliated rebel groups.

    Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is held by militants, encircled by government forces, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.

    In October, a humanitarian pause was introduced in Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians and unarmed militants from eastern parts of the city through designated corridors. That pause collapsed when the militants from al-Nusra Front attacked civilians, preventing them from fleeing the city.

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