Syrian and Russian militaries to begin clearing operation in Aleppo
In the next 24 hours, the Syrian army, with support of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Navy, will most likely start the operation to clear militants from Aleppo, Izvestia reported on Tuesday, with reference to the first deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Franz Klintsevich.
“It’s been almost three weeks since the humanitarian pauses followed one by one which, however, hardly made any progress. A humanitarian catastrophe is raging in Aleppo now. There is no food, no water. Militants are killing people. If no operation is carried out, civilian people will simply die,” Klintsevich said.
Speaking about leaflets demanding militants to leave Aleppo within 24 hours, he noted that such issues “are consistent with Russian Aerospace Forces Command.”
“The logic of the war is that there is a high probability that in the next 24 hours fighting will start to drive out militants. In this regard, an airborne group of ships that came to the Syrian coasts should be used for launching attacks,” the senator stressed.
A member of Syrian parliament, Muhammad Kheir al-Akkam, told Izvestia that the issue of clearing terrorists from Aleppo is a priority for the authorities in Damascus.
“Aleppo is a strategically important city. We provide guarantees of secure passage for militants in the surrounded eastern areas. Moreover, we are ready to receive and provide the civilian population with everything necessary. But in the end, the main goal of the country’s leadership is clearing Aleppo of terrorists and its full liberation,” Kheir al-Akkam said.
As reported by Izvestia, earlier the Arab media reported that the Syrian army had distributed leaflets in eastern Aleppo, which is controlled by terrorists, demanding that militants leave the occupied areas within 24 hours.