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.
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.
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.