Syria rebels reject Russian demand to withdraw from Aleppo

On Wednesday, Syrian rebels rejected Russian demand to withdraw from Aleppo by Friday evening, an official in one insurgent faction said.

“This is completely out of the question. We will not give up the city of Aleppo to the Russians and we won’t surrender,” Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said rebels and civilians would be allowed to leave the eastern part of Aleppo, held by the opposition, and said it would extend a moratorium on air strikes inside the city.

However, Malahifji said there were no safe exit corridors, as Russia had stated.

“It’s not true. Civilians and fighters are not leaving. Civilians are afraid of the regime, they don’t trust it. And the fighters are not surrendering,” he said.

Source: Reuters

 

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