Terrorists Shell Escape Routes in Aleppo, Take $300 Bribe Per Fleeing Civilian: Russia
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Terrorists in Aleppo showed no sign of deescalating attacks on residential areas and humanitarian corridors, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
Commenting on the development of the Russian humanitarian pause, established on October 20 to secure the release of civilians via six specially-created escape routes, the Russian Ministry of Defense noted that on Saturday night only 12 Syrians had managed to flee east Aleppo. The MoD noted that terrorists in Aleppo continue to intensively shell the residential areas and humanitarian corridors.
“Last night 12 Syrians managed to move to safe districts through one of the corridors, in Al-Masharqa,” the ministry's official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday morning, RT reproted.
“According to refugees, it [the escape] became possible after a bribe to one of field commanders at a price of 150,000 Syrian liras (around $300) for every person. In order to collect 1.8 million liras, the three families had to sell all their belongings,” he noted.
The humanitarian pause is the only lifeline extended to civilians in east Aleppo, as the Russian and Syrian Air Forces continue to observe a no-fly-zone over Aleppo, staying at least 10km from the city.
“Russian and Syrian aircraft have not performed any flights over the city of Aleppo for 13 days already,” the general said.
Russia has been assisting the Syrian Army in fighting Takfiri terrorists in eastern Aleppo, which has become the militants’ stronghold in Syria.