Russia extends ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo for a day

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A break in fighting in Aleppo has been extended for one more day, Russia’s defence minister said.

Sergei Shoigu said the “humanitarian pause” has been extended on President Vladimir Putin’s instructions and supported by the Syrian government.

Russia announced a dawn-to-dusk break in fighting in Aleppo on Thursday to allow both civilians and militants to leave the rebel-held districts.

Mr Shoigu’s statement came after UN aid official for Syria Jan Egeland said he had received Russian assurances to extend daily pauses in military action against rebel-held eastern Aleppo for four more days.

Mr Putin said that Russia is ready to extend the pause in strikes if the rebels do not escalate fighting.

The Kremlin specified that the rebels’ attempt to rearm and regroup would derail the “humanitarian pause”.

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