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.
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.