Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations

Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of Aleppo on October 20, 2016Security concerns forced the UN to delay planned evacuations from Syria’s Aleppo, it said, as Russia extended a truce that was largely holding for a second day. Moscow said it was extending the unilateral “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian government’s Russian-backed assault on opposition-held east Aleppo until 1600 GMT on Saturday.

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