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.
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.
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 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.