Russian, Syrian Planes Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of Truce

October 18, 2016 9:13 AM

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MOSCOW — Russian and Syrian warplanes on Tuesday halted their airstrikes on Syria's besieged city of Aleppo in preparation for a temporary truce that Moscow has announced for later in the week, the Russian defense minister said.

According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the halt in the strikes should help pave way for militants to leave the eastern rebel-held parts of the contested city.

Also read: Russia seeks full rebel pullout from Aleppo

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