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    East Aleppo Militants Offer Syrian Army 5-Day Humanitarian Pause

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    Militants in eastern Aleppo have offered the Syrian army a new five-day humanitarian pause as they keep losing ground, Syria's ARA News reported Wednesday citing a local source.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over the weekend, the Syrian army backed by local militia liberated a number of districts in eastern Aleppo and is leading the offensive further after militants refused to surrender and leave the city peacefully.

    "Armed opposition groups located in Aleppo announced their intention to offer… the government forces to impose a humanitarian ceasefire for a period of five days. The pause includes the evacuation of those ill who require emergency care from the city, there are about 500 of them," a local activist told ARA News.

    The activist added that the groups expressed readiness to discuss the future of the city as government forces tight their grip on the eastern part of the city.

    Aleppo became major battleground in Syria over recent months, engaging government forces, terrorists and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government troops, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. Previous internationally mediated ceasefires have collapsed as militants continued attacks and opposition failed to expel jihadists from the city.


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