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Aleppo locals say bombing goes on despite 'suspension', - Aljazeera
12:14, 9 December 2016
Aleppo locals say bombing goes on despite 'suspension', - Aljazeera

Russia and Syrian military announce pause in east Aleppo fighting, as 8,000 civilians leave the embattled east

12:14, 9 December 2016

Reuters

Residents of Aleppo reported little let-up in the government's bombing and shelling campaign, however. Residents reported warplanes firing from machine guns at rebel positions and artillery shells falling on remaining rebel-controlled districts in what one rebel group described as an "intense battle", reported by Aljazeera.

Lavrov said the Syrian army suspended combat late on Thursday to allow some 8,000 civilians to leave the city in a convoy spreading across a five-kilometre (three-mile) route.

Related: State Department: Aleppo without humanitarian aid since July

But shortly after his announcement, residents told Al Jazeera that jets were still in the skies, gun fire could be heard and artillery shells were still falling on the remaining rebel-controlled districts in the southeast.

"The bombardment and shelling is … unbelievable. They are gaining areas every day. Until now the attacks are still ongoing in the city. Just half an hour ago there were two barrel-bomb attacks in Bustan al-Qasr … Warplanes are still in the skies," said Zouhir al-Shimale, a journalist in east Aleppo.

Related: Fall of Aleppo would not put end to war in Syria, - Mogherini

As we reported earlier, the Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov announced that the Syrian army has suspended combat operations in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

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