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Syrian Army, Popular Forces Continue Evacuation of Civilians from Aleppo City



Syrian government forces and National Defense Forces are evacuating citizens from the Eastern districts of Aleppo city, field sources said Saturday.

“Tens of people, mainly women and children, have left the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city through humanitarian corridors established by the Syrian army troops, and are being relocated to equipped makeshift centers,” the sources said.

The Syrian Army General Command announced on Wednesday that it will reduce airstrikes and shelling attacks on Eastern Aleppo to allow civilians to leave the city’s besieged areas still controlled by militants groups.

“The command of the army made a decision to reduce the number of aerial and artillery strikes against terrorists’ positions to help the civilians trapped in the city to leave for safer regions,” the Syrian Army’s statement said.

Aleppo has seen intense fighting over the past few months, with the Syrian army and popular forces managing to encircle large groups of militants in the Eastern districts of the city.

Syrian Army also said in order to prevent bloodshed and avoid more destruction, it gives militants in Aleppo’s Eastern neighborhoods an additional opportunity to benefit from amnesty decree and settle their status, or hand over their weapons and leave with their families.

The General command added in the statement that “We call on all gunmen in the Eastern neighborhoods not to wait for any assistance from any one as all supplying routes became cut off and there is no chance for them, but handing over their weapons.”

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