Syria rebels call for Aleppo truce, civilian evacuation

Destroyed buildings in Aleppo's eastern al-Shaar neighbourhoodSyrian rebels in Aleppo city called Wednesday for an immediate five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians to other opposition-held territory in the northern province, a statement said. The initiative, which comes after government forces seized three-quarters of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo, was approved by all factions in the city, a representative from one group told AFP. It calls for an “immediate five-day humanitarian ceasefire” as well as the UN-supervised evacuation of people requiring urgent medical care, who it says number around 500 people.

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