Civilians trapped in rebel-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo as well as anti-government fighters willing to lay down their weapons are now offered one-in-a-lifetime chance to leave the besieged parts of the embattled city.
The opportunity is part of a large-scale humanitarian operation set to be launched soon by the Russian and Syrian governments.
According to the Syrian State-run news agency SANA, the Syrian President Bashar Assad offered a general amnesty to militants who surrender to the government authorities in the next three months. Those who free their captives (military or civilians) will also be exempted from punishment if they turned themselves in.
For his part, Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said that President Putin ordered a large-scale humanitarian operation outside Aleppo ” to help civilians who were taken hostage by terrorists as well as fighters who wanted to lay down the arms.”
Shoigu also mentioned that three humanitarian corridors as well as food and first aid points will be offered outside the city.
Earlier this week, the Syrian Army has completely cut off the main and only supply route to rebel-controlled districts in east Aleppo, thus imposing a crippling blockade on Islamist militants which – according to analysts – will act as a game-changing breakthrough in Aleppo battle.