Russia offers to secure rebel evacuation from Syria's Aleppo

Jihadist fighters from the former Al-Nusra Front, guard an armament school in AleppoRussia said Thursday it was prepared to secure safe passage for rebels to quit Syria’s Aleppo but kept up air strikes on the battleground city as world powers readied new truce talks. In a development demonstrating the perils of journeying in the war-wracked country, at least 17 people — most of them rebels — died in a car bomb blast at an opposition checkpoint in northern Aleppo province on Thursday, a monitor said. The blast hit near the town of Azaz close to the border with Turkey, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that 14 of the dead were rebel fighters.

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