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 Moscow, Damascus announce eight-hour "humanitarian pause" in Aleppo on Oct. 20

Russian and Syrian military have declared an eight-hour cessation of violence to allow civilians, as well as the wounded, to flee the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.20 Russian bombers will be grounded, and Syrian troops will hold their ground fire, according to Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, Censor.NET reports citing DW.

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As noted, two corridors will be opened to allow people to exit the city.

"We have taken a decision not to waste time and to introduce 'humanitarian pauses', mainly for the free passage of civilians, evacuation of the sick and wounded and withdrawal of fighters," Rudskoi said at a press briefing.

"During this period the Russian air force and Syrian government troops will halt air strikes and firing from any other types of weapons," he added.

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Despite Europe's strong criticism of Russia for its relentless bombing assault on the city, the EU's 28 foreign ministers chose not to impose new sanctions against Russia during a Monday meeting in Luxembourg.

"At present, I don't see how sanctions with a possible long-term effect are supposed to contribute to improving supplies to the civilian population," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. "So I am not the only one who, in this case, is rather skeptical about sanctions."

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Earlier, French President Francois Hollande admitted the possibility of accusing Russia of war crimes in Syria. Prior to that, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had voiced the same possibility.
 
 
 
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