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Russian military urges Syrian rebels to leave Aleppo

The Russian military says Syrian troops will pull back to allow rebels to leave Aleppo during a temporary break in fighting declared by Moscow.

Lt. Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff says a corridor leading toward the border with Turkey and another one in the direction of the rebel-controlled city of Idlib will be kept open for fighters during the "humanitarian pause" from 9am to 7pm local time on Friday.

He said that the Russian military has distributed half a million leaflets in Aleppo's rebel-controlled eastern part, describing the two exit routes for fighters and six corridors for civilians.

Commenting on the Nour el-Din el-Zinki's dismissal of the Russian offer, Mr Rudskoi says rebel groups had fired at civilians willing to leave Aleppo and placed mines in humanitarian corridors.

Meanwhile, Syrian TV says the civilian death toll from rebel attacks on government-held western Aleppo has risen to 12, adding that more than 200 have been wounded.

Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel, Al-Alam, reports that one of their photographers is among the wounded.

Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo on Thursday.

State media initially reported at least four civilians were killed. Syrian TV says the latest shelling hit the districts of New Aleppo, al-Masharqa and Mogambo.

Opposition activists say airstrikes on Thursday on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed nine civilians.


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