Russian and Syrian military scheduled a humanitarian pause in Aleppo city for Thursday. The pause will be aimed to allow passage to civilians and the withdrawal of militants through 8 corridros:
- Two corridors – will be created for the withdrawal of the militants;
- Six corridors – will be opened for the evacuation of civilians.
Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, has also announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force are ceasing airstrikes against militants in Aleppo city for 48 hours, ahead of the humanitarian pause that will start on October 20.
The Russian envoy to the UN said that Al-Nusra Front militants must take a chance to leave the city voluntarily or they will be annihilated. According to the UK’s Foreign Office, from 10,000 to 12,000 of the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ remain in Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army and Hezbollah seized about 90% of the 1070 Apartment Project and the whole area of Inzarat. Clashes are ongoing in Hanano, Bastan-Basha, Sheikh-Said, Al-Ameria and Salah-ad-Din.
The advance launched by pro-government forces west of the Aleppo International Airport has not achieved any significant success. Nonetheless, the attack played an important role in putting pressure on Jaish al-Fatah units deployed in central Aleppo.
Ahead the humanitarian pause, the Syrian government forces are avoiding to launch significant offensive operations in the city. Full-scale clashes will be resumed after the pause.