Russia signals readiness for Aleppo pause in Syria’s civil war
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 19, 2016
Russia has said it will support a forty-eight-hour ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo, a move the United Nations envoy said will allow aid to reach besieged areas soon, as long as all sides respect the truce.
As viral images of a dazed child pulled from rubble in the heavily bombarded rebel-held east of the city captured the plight of its civilians and drew the attention of the world, Moscow said it is ready to start the first “humanitarian pause” next week.
Western diplomats gave a cautious welcome to the announcement, but stressed that the UN must be in charge of a sustained aid operation.
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has long called for a forty-eight-hour halt in fighting each week to allow aid delivery and medical evacuations from both rebel-held eastern and government-controlled western Aleppo.