Russia’s UN envoy says a deal has been reached on the ground in Aleppo for opposition fighters to leave.
They have fled for their lives to a camp for the displaced – escaping the frontline of the fight for Mosul.
Leaflets dropped over rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo urged people to take their chance to get out, as a so-called ‘humanitarian pause’ in air strikes formally came into effect on Thursday.
The United Nations has said it is deeply concerned about the plight of people who flee Mosul as fighting intensifies amid the Iraqi offensive.
In what has been described as the heaviest bombardment in days by Russian planes, at least 50 civilians were killed in Tuesday’s air strikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo and nearby villages, according to residents and rescue workers.
After several days of relative calm in Aleppo, Russian jets resumed heavy bombardment of rebel-held areas on Tuesday, according to a rebel official and a British-based monitoring group.
Bogotà (Colombia) - In Colombia, the ceasefire with FARC rebels has been extended until the end of this month, President Juan Manuel Santos has said. The move follows Sunday’s referendum result, which saw the country narrowly reject a peace agreement to end 50 years of conflict with the leftist guerilla group. Talks have also resumed in Cuba to try to resurrect the deal.
The UN says large amounts of humanitarian aid have still not entered Syria three days after a nationwide ceasefire came into affect.