December 6, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
RusVesna – translated by J. Arnoldski –
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated that militants who refuse to leave Aleppo will be destroyed.
“In any case, if anyone refuses to leave politely, then they will be destroyed, as I understand. There is no other way,” he said on the results of talks with Council of Europe General Secretary Thorbjorn Jagland.
The Russian defense ministry also noted that, resultant of the December 2nd meeting between Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, “on the proposal of the American side in Gevena, in the coming days Russian and American experts should begin work on the problem of Eastern Aleppo.”
“The goal is the complete withdrawal of all militants from the eastern part of the city, which Russia has long been standing in favor of. We will also have to agree on routes and the timing for militants to leave. Once this happens, a ceasefire will enter force to begin their evacuation,” the defense ministry’s report reads.
December 6th, 2016 – Fort Russ News- –
– Joaquin Flores –
The Syrian Arab Army has now successfully broken through remaining terrorist strongholds, following the liberation of Aleppo International Airport earlier in the week – being able to push in two directions, west and south. Within the last hour, the Fatah Halab terrorist group has now surrendered the primary remaining districts of Old Aleppo
A previous rebel counteroffensive Karm al-Qaterji and Karm al-Maysar, as well as indiscriminate shelling of locations of humanitarian aid workers, killing Russian medical staff, failed to create an opening. Gulf state news agencies, as well as ‘activists’ on the ground in Aleppo have also confirmed this.
At the time of publication, we are still waiting to hear confirmation that a Russian-Syrian-Turkish tri-lateral agreement on the status of ‘armed insurgent’ (terrorist) groups remaining in one last district, and their surrender or evacuation.
Barring some unforeseen development – which has characterized much of this conflict – reports coming from the ground in Syria strongly indicate that the battle for Aleppo is in its last day, perhaps hours.