Entry Submitted by Eric Florence at 7:08 PM EDT on October 17, 2016
Russia, Syria will impose 8-hour ceasefire in Aleppo on Thursday
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Russia and Syria will halt fire in Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to introduce a “humanitarian pause” in the city, Russia announced on Monday.
“We have taken a decision not to waste time and to introduce ‘humanitarian pauses,’ mainly for the free passage of civilians, evacuation of the sick and wounded, and withdrawal of fighters,” said Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian military officer, in a press briefing.
Between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Thursday, “the Russian air force and the Syrian government troops will halt air strikes and firing from any other types of weapons,” he said.
The announcement comes on the same day that the European Council issued a statement that was “appalled by the deteriorating situation in Syria,” and described the bombardment of eastern rebel-held Aleppo as “clearly disproportionate.”
The deliberate targeting of civilians “may amount to war crimes,” the council said.
The council called for an immediate end of all military flights over Aleppo and the introduction of a ceasefire with unhindered access for humanitarian aid to all parts of the country.
Ordered by the European Council, the ceasefire is to allow humanitarian efforts for the civilian victims. I feel this timeline is to aline with all other events unfolding this week. Russia needs a few more days to knock out the last strongholds but then it's help time. There is a great deal of aid needed in Syria/Iraq/Iran. Let us all focus our attention now and post-appointment in bringing healing and love to the people of the Middle East who have suffered so much at the hands of The Cabal. The Dark Nobility families have terrorized this region for decades and then unrighteously pegged them as the terrorists. Our brothers and sisters there have lived through hell. Please open a very big space in your heart for all of these people and the liberation of this land. We are the humanitarians who will help. Much love family!