Army Command calls on gunmen in Aleppo eastern neighborhoods to allow locals to leave

Damascus, SANA – The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces once again called on the terrorist organizations in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city to allow the locals to leave the neighborhoods and not use them as hostages or human shields.

In a statement on Tuesday, the General Command also called on the militants in those neighborhoods to remove mines from the corridors opened by the state, allow the citizens who want to leave to do so, and to open the food stores and distribute their contents to citizens.

The statement reaffirmed the need to allow wounded and sick people to be evacuated from the eastern neighborhoods via the specific corridors.

The General Command noted that it has full and accurate information about the militants’ sites, bases, and warehouses and that it is monitoring all their movements in the eastern neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo.

The General Command called on the citizens in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo to cooperate with the Syrian Arab Army and avoid going out into streets except for urgent needs and to keep away from the positions of the militants, affirming its keenness on maintaining the safety and security of the citizens.

The statement said that the militants’ acts of opening fire on the locals of the eastern neighborhoods who rose against them proves that those militants do not care at all about citizens’ lives; rather they only care about collecting money and shedding blood.

The General Command called on militants in the eastern neighborhoods to listen to reason, stop bloodshed, and cease shelling residential neighborhoods and civilians, with the Command urging those who bear arms in the eastern neighborhoods to benefit from the amnesty decree and return to their normal lives.

M. al-Frieh / H. Said / Hazem Sabbagh

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