Russia Declares Pause in Aleppo Bombing so Rebels, Civilians Can Flee

MOSCOW — Syrian and Russian jets halted bombing in Aleppo on Tuesday, the Kremlin said, preparing the ground for what it said would be a “humanitarian pause” later this week allowing militants and civilians to leave the city.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the airstrikes ceased at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET), paving the way for an eight-hour break in its bombing Thursday.

Shoigu said this would “guarantee the security of six exit corridors for civilians and prepare the evacuation of the sick and injured in eastern Aleppo.”

Image: A bombed out bulilding in Aleppo

White Helmets volunteers search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.