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Russia has planned an additional extension of three to the proposed eight-hour truce in Aleppo

A senior Russian Ministry official Sergei Rudskoi said, on Wednesday that they were prolonging an eight-hour truce in Aleppo, which is intended for Thursday, to 11 hours to facilitate civilians and rebels to leave the city’s rebel-held east.

The humanitarian pause, which was initially to last from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (0500 GMT to 1300 GMT), has been prolonged by three hours until 7:00 pm (1600 GMT). He also announced Russian and Syrian planes were holding 10 kilometers (six miles) from Aleppo after Moscow vowed Tuesday to stop bombing the city leading to the truce.

Sergei Rudskoi said that the main reason for the time extension is because there have been various calls from representatives of international aid organizations.

He further added “Since 10 am yesterday in the area of Aleppo air strikes by Russia and Syrian forces have completely halted. Russian and Syrian planes are not getting nearer than 10 kilometers to the city”.

A military spokesman said, “The extra time will enable representatives of the United Nations and the Syrian Red Crescent to help all their operations to allow the evacuation of the sick wounded and peaceful civilians out of the city.”

The UN on Wednesday announced that all sides required to back an lengthened ceasefire — at least 48 hours — before humanitarian caravans could roll. Moscow stated on Tuesday morning that Russian and Syrian air forces had suspended bombing Aleppo ahead of the suspension in fighting and the halt held into a second day on Wednesday.

According to Moscow, once the pause begins six corridors out of the city will open for civilians with another two via the Castello Road in the north and Souk al-Hal in the city center which is assigned for rebels.

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