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    A Syrian government soldier rides a military vehicle near a mosque, after taking control of Aleppo's Al-Haidariya neighbourhood, Syria. (File)

    Over 600 Militants Left East Aleppo, Most of Them Pardoned - Russian MoD

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    The Russian General Staff said that a total of 647 militants left east Aleppo over the past few days, while most of them have been already granted amnesty.

    While 630 militants have been pardoned and let go, 17 militants are still undergoing checks.

    The Syrian army has liberated 16 districts in east Aleppo populated by 90,000 residents during a three-day operation, the Russian General Staff said.

    "Over the past three days, Syrian army units supported by militia have managed to clear 16 quarters in the northern part of eastern Aleppo of militants," Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said, adding that 1,007 settlements had joined the Syrian ceasefire, and that over 100,000 residents returned there.

    Over 18,000 civilians left terrorist-controlled areas of Aleppo as a result of the Syrian army's successful operation, the Russian military added.

    "As a result of the the Syrian army's successful advance, the militants' system of battle positions has been broken. More than 18 thousand civilians were able to leave areas controlled by terrorists of Aleppo," Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, said.

    Russian jets have not conducted airstrikes in Aleppo since October 18, the General Staff said.

    "The Russian Aerospace Forces have stopped flights around Aleppo since October 18, for a total of 44 days. The Russian combat jets are flying at least at the 10-km radius around the city."

    He said that terrorists destroy schools, hospitals and mosques in Aleppo to accuse Syrian aviation and artillery of the attacks.

    "Social infrastructure [in Aleppo] is completely destroyed. According to eyewitnesses' evidence, terrorists mine and blow up schools, hospitals and mosques. The footages of destroyed buildings are being given to Western human rights watchdogs under the guise of the results of strikes by Syrian aviation and artillery," Rudskoy said.

    Moreover, Russia has sent a demining squad to Aleppo. According to Rudskoy, over 200 Russian servicemen and 47 pieces of combat and special equipment will be deployed for mine clearing in Aleppo.

    Russian Defense Ministry's experts will check the sites where mustard gas is possibly being produced, Rudskoy said.


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      Leting them go is a true approach of faithfull people - to make fools come back to their senses. But will it work? May God forgive them. Christ also "died" on the cross.
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      the total of syrian arab army is near, we will all together celabrate it
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      These people are now recorded photographed and DNA, most terrorists commit heinous crimes as they are undocumented.
      Part of the amnesty would be a declaration of no mercy if they offend again.
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      Pardoned? Just pardoned? Yes, if it is me, yes pardon them but will count the total numbers of destroyed buildings in that city and each of them get that numbers of slashes.
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      Erik Tretein reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, Understand that many of these local Syrian "rebels" got sucked in by the religious rhetoric, then trapped. Fight or be executed. What they did was wrong, but now that they have learned the truth the hard way, they may be a real bulwark in the future against such delusions of others. Further, those that surrender were not the ones with their hearts and souls in killing other Syrians, or they would have fought to the bitter end. Considering how many lives are saved by these defections, how these defections demoralize the remaining forces. it is a very wise policy of Assad. It also shows to other Syrians that were caught up in the heat of the moment that dialog with the government IS POSSIBLE, which is the most important point to be made.
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