Syrian rebels preventing evacuation of Aleppo: Lavrov

Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of AleppoRussia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused Syrian rebels of preventing civilians from leaving areas of battle-scarred east Aleppo despite a humanitarian truce in Syria’s second city. In a phone call to his US counterpart John Kerry, Lavrov said the halt in fighting should give both civilians and rebels the opportunity to leave. Kerry confirmed that he had spoken with Lavrov without mentioning any discussion on Syria.

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