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Updated-Russian Defense Minister: Large-scale humanitarian operation launched in Aleppo city

Moscow, - Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu affirmed that the Syrian government and the Russian forces launched on Thursday a large-scale humanitarian operation in Aleppo city to guarantee the safety of the residents of its eastern neighborhoods.

The minister pointed out, in statements published by RT website, that the operation aims "to assist civilians taken hostage by terrorists, as well as militants who chose to lay down their weapons," adding that "three humanitarian corridors will open there."

The Hmeimim Russian Center for coordination and monitoring the cessation of hostilities agreement has deployed centers in the vicinity of the corridors to provide food and medical assistance to the families who exit the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city, adding that the Center issued an order to begin the delivery of food aid and initial supplies by air to the civilians besieged by militants inside the city with special attention to children supplies, the supplies for sick people as well as personal hygiene kits.

The minister stressed the importance of informing the residents of the city about opening the safe corridors by dropping leaflets from the air, loudspeakers and also via text messages.

He noted that since US partners have not provided information on the disengagement between Jabhat al-Nusra and the armed opposition groups in Aleppo, a fourth safe corridor has opened in the north of Aleppo toward al-Castello Road for armed militants.

The Russian military official called on the international community and the international organizations to take part in the humanitarian operation in Aleppo.

Peskov: No reasons to doubt the humanitarian feature of the process in Syria

Meanwhile, official spokesman of Kremlin Dmitry Peskov affirmed that there should be no reasons to mistrust the humanitarian feature of the process launched by the Syrian government and Russian forces in Aleppo on Thursday.

"The subject of the humanitarian process has been discussed well with the Syrians and the American partners, but in regards to the ways of its implementation, it is better to ask the Russian defense Ministry," sputnik quoted Peskov as saying to journalists.

He affirmed that the Russian forces are offering an active and real humanitarian support on land in Aleppo and its countryside.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency