During the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) capture of the Hanano district in northeastern Aleppo on Saturday, around 600 local residents were able to escape rebel-held Aleppo.

Although several instances of small groups enduring the same journey have surfaced in recent weeks, this marks the first large batch of civilians who have safely reached government-held Aleppo safely. On Tuesday, 48 civilians also left rebel-held districts.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has accused Islamist rebels of using Aleppo’s civilians as human shields, denying locals access to the newly established humanitarian corridors.

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In one case earlier today, a Syrian soldier was reunited with his family for the first time since the summer of 2012:


Estimates vairy greatly regarding the civilian population in rebel-held districts of Aleppo; between 40,000 and 275,000 civilians are said to be trapped inside the rebel pocket.

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