10:59 GMT06 May 2021
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    The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation has evacuated more than 78,000 civilians from Aleppo since the start of the operation to liberate the embattled Syrian city, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

    "Since the beginning of the Syrian Army's operation to liberate Aleppo, officers of the Russian center for reconciliation have evacuated over 78,000 people from the eastern districts of the city."

    According to the statement, a total of 1,324 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered to the Syrian government. In accordance with Syrian President Bashar Assad's decision, 1,270 militants received amnesty, the ministry said.

    Russian combat engineers have demined more than 24 hectares of city area, including 162 multi-apartment buildings, 11 kilometers of roads.

    "Twenty-two objects of social infrastructure have been completely cleared and restored: schools, hospitals, power stations, water pump stations, bakery plants, mosques. The combat engineers have found and destroyed 1,340 explosives in Eastern Aleppo's areas liberated from militants."

    On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported it had evacuated 50,000 civilians from the embattled city through humanitarian corridors.

    Aleppo has become the battleground for violent clashes between the government forces and opposition groups, with the latter holding on to a number of districts in the east of the city. The siege of Aleppo has resulted in many of its civilian residents lacking food and basic necessities, their lives threatened.


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