Aleppo Humanitarian Pause Impossible to Keep in Case of Militant Advance

 

 A general view shows a damaged road and abandoned buildings in Aleppo's rebel-held Kalasa neighbourhood

 

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that continuing the humanitarian pause in the event of resumed militant offensive operations in Aleppo would be impossible.

   MOSCOW. Maintaining a humanitarian pause in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo would be impossible in the event of a militant advance, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

   “If you remember, we said when the president deemed it necessary to extend the humanitarian pause that, in any case, everything will depend on the position assumed by the terrorists, because continuing the humanitarian pause in the event of resumed militant offensive operations would be impossible,” Peskov told reporters.

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Almost 50 Women, Children Left Aleppo via Humanitarian Corridor

 

 Humanitarian corridor in northern Aleppo

   Total of 48 women and children left the Syrian city of Aleppo through humanitarian corridor accompanied by Russian reconciliation center’s officers and Syrian authorities, Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday.

  MOSCOW  – On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a ceasefire in Syria that took effect three days later. The ceasefire unraveled, however, after a September 17 US airstrike on Syrian troops and the government’s subsequent offensive against terrorist positions in the city of Aleppo.

   Fighting has been continuing in Aleppo during most of the five-year Syrian conflict. The Russian and Syrian governments agreed to stop airstrikes on Islamist fighters controlling parts of the city starting on Thursday. The humanitarian pause was later extended into Friday afternoon.

   “Late on Monday, October 24, 48 women and children, accompanied by the officers of the Russian reconciliation center and Syrian authorities left eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridor. They have been provided with the necessary medical aid, hot meal and night accommodation.”

   Konashenko added, that six humanitarian corridors, hot meals and first aid stations continued working for those civilians who wanted to flee Aleppo.

    On October 20, the humanitarian pause was introduced in the embattled city of Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of unarmed militants, and civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corridors. However, al-Nusra Front, recently renamed as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, prevented civilians who wanted to flee the city, attacking people, during their attempts to leave Aleppo.

No flights of Russian, Syrian aviation over Aleppo in last 7 days — Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and Syrian Air Force have not delivered airstrikes at Aleppo over the last seven days, and flights were not conducted over the city or its suburbs, Igor Konashenkov, official spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, told TASS on Tuesday.

“Over the last seven days, flights of Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and Syrian Air Force over Aleppo were completely ceased,” Konashenkov said. “Aircraft do not come close to the city and do not deliver airstrikes. Six humanitarian corridors continue to work round-the-clock for peaceful civilians leaving eastern districts of Aleppo. Hot meal distribution and first medical aid outlets are open,” he added.

Konashenkov noted that late in the evening on October 24, 48 women and children came exited eastern Aleppo through a humanitarian corridor with the help of officers from the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria. They were provided with medical assistance, hot meals and accommodation.

 

Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered 40 tons of humanitarian cargos from Serbia to the Hmeymim airbase

 

In total, Il-76 transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces has delivered more than 40 tons of canned food products, flour, vegetable oil, clothes and medicaments from Serbia to the Hmeymim airbase.

In the nearest future, military servicemen of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides will deliver the humanitarian cargos to the most damaged inhabited areas of Syria.

Earlier, two transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces have delivered about 40 tons of vegetables, bakery and sugar from the Republic of Armenia to the Syrian population.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov claimed that the Russian Defence Ministry would continue humanitarian operation aiding the population of the Aleppo city

Russian Defence Ministry jointly with the Syrian authorities continues humanitarian operation aiding the population of the Aleppo city.

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of the opposing sides delivers humanitarian cargoes in Aleppo, humanitarian corridors have been arranged for the civilians and militants, who lay down their arms, cooperation has been organized with the office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria.

The Russian Defence Ministry has supported the initiative of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria Staffan de Mistura concerning the introduction of 48-hour “humanitarian pauses” in combat actions in Aleppo.

On August 24, 2016, the meeting of representatives of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of the opposing sides and the head of the UN office in Damascus Steffani Curry will take place in Damascus.

The sides will achieve agreements concerning the schedule and the routes for UN humanitarian deliveries for all needy inhabitants of Aleppo.

As it is arranged with the Syrian authorities, the first 48-hour “humanitarian pause” in combat actions in Aleppo will be announced after receiving of confirmation from the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria Staffan de Mistura concerning the readiness for delivery of humanitarian cargoes to Aleppo.

The Russian Defence Ministry jointly with the Syrian authorities is ready to support the delivery of humanitarian aid from different organizations and citizens to Aleppo and distributing it through the deployed humanitarian centres.

Humanitarian Convoy Delivers 800 Tonnes of Goods to Aleppo

Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian Military General Staff, speaks to the media as Syrian army soldiers load a humanitarian aid at Aleppo is displayed on screen at a Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

 

A humanitarian convoy brought cereals, drinking water, sugar and rice to Syria’s contested city of Aleppo, according to media reports.

ALEPPO          A humanitarian convoy has delivered 800 metric tons of essential supplies to Syria’s contested city of Aleppo, including food supplies, drinking water, school equipment, hygiene products and household chemicals, during a three-hour pause in airstrikes.

All the goods will be delivered to public warehouses and stores, which will set the prices, according to local consumers union.

“We came in a column, some from Damascus, others from Homs. I brought 18 tonnes of butter and vegetable oil with me. My colleges brought cereals, drinking water, sugar and rice,” the driver of one of the cargo trucks, Abdel Majid Saeed, told reporters.

On Thursday, a three-hour humanitarian window with a total halt in hostilities opened in Aleppo, it will be in effect every day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time. Russian Chief of the Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said the Syrian government forces and the Russian air groups were ready to provide security to all organizations interested in delivering goods to residents of Aleppo.Aleppo has been mired in intense fighting, with the Syrian army and local militia forces having managed to encircled large groups of militants in eastern districts of Aleppo.

Iran Ready to Assist Russian Humanitarian Operation in Syria’s Aleppo

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district, in Aleppo, Syria

 

Iran is ready to cooperate and assist Russia’s humanitarian operation in Syria’s Aleppo, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpur said.

BAKU       Russia has been sending tonns of humanitarian aid to Aleppo and helped open several humanitarian corriders for civilians to be able to flee the city and the fighting.

“Of course, we need to create conditions for normal life in Aleppo. All the residents of Aleppo and Syria are tired of this situation. We are ready to assist the Russian side in creating normal living conditions in Aleppo and Syria. We are ready to cooperate with the Russian side,” Rahimpur told RIA Novosti.

The deputy minister noted that the issue would be discussed at the upcoming meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Baku. “There are no limits when it comes to discussions between the two leaders,” he said.Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups. On February 27, a US-Russia brokered ceasefire came into force in Syria. Terrorist groups such as Daesh, as well as the al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in Russia and a range of other states, are not part of the deal.