(TASS) Syrian Armed Forces have suspended combat operations in eastern Aleppo to enable withdrawal of a column of civilians from the city, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday on the sidelines of a conference of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

“Combat actions of the Syrian Army in eastern Aleppo are suspended today, as a yet another and the biggest one so far operation to evacuate the civilians willing to leave the place is underway there,” he said. “There are some 8,000 people in the column. That’s a huge operation and the withdrawal route is five kilometers long.”.

Sergei Lavrov added that Russia’s and US’ military experts and diplomats will meet in Geneva on December 10 to discuss the situation in Aleppo.

The minister said he had had a telephone conversation and two meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Hamburg. “An agreement was reached to organize a meeting between military experts and diplomats in Geneva on Saturday,” he said.

The United States seems to be sparing the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, trying to take blows from it at all talks, Russian minister added.

Source: TASS

Note: It is noteworthy to mention that according to several reports, the Syrian Army units continued their military operation inside Sheikh Saeed district in southern part of remaining Aleppo pocket. However, no significant gains have been reported yet.

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Floriangeyer
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Floriangeyer
2016-12-08 23:22

When one considers that the 8000 Syrians that have been liberated will need to be screened for fleeing terrorists , the man power to do this effectively is huge. The SAA and allied troops will still need to rest and refit for a few days whist fortifying their massive gains from any attempted breakout. IF the terrorists surrender , that’s all well and good. I am sure they will be screened by SAA Intelligence and all those known to be guilty of child beheading etc moved to one side for further questioning along with any US Coalition ‘advisers’ as well.… Read more »

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Amin
2016-12-08 23:58

As soon as Allepo city be liberated, SAA and its allies will start a new operation at the Western flank of the city to create a stiff safe zone around there.

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Fseirt Lsat
2016-12-08 23:02

Maybe it has to do with the recent losses at Dier Ezzor?

dank fur kopf
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dank fur kopf
2016-12-08 23:33

US has paid off Syria to let CIA baddies trapped in Aleppo out. Not civilians leaving, but intelligence officers that were embedded with the terrorist groups.

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Daeshbags Sux
2016-12-09 01:55
Reply to  dank fur kopf

An intelligence officer getting trapped in a siege isn’t very intelligent 😉
Seriously, IMHO, I can already tell you the number of green berets embedded here : SAA will find…
Zero! Wanna bet?
Wanna my advice? Westerners are more than happy to have their scum getting killed by SAA!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6WBXZt2_-q0/VlYjuabhmaI/AAAAAAAAm20/Wgz-6SOGl_0/s1600/tumblr_nuu81mSP6f1tfopw4o1_1280.jpg

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coyotl
2016-12-09 12:47
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

More likely mercenaries from Romania, Poland etc, contractors?
Expendable.