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20 members of same family killed in Aleppo; Russia temporarily halts airstrikes

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(CNN)Hours after airstrikes killed 20 members of the same family — including nine children — in Aleppo, Russia announced it will temporarily stop airstrikes on the rebel-held eastern part of the city.

Moscow has helped bolster the Syrian regime’s airstrikes on rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the site of a humanitarian catastrophe.
    Gen. Sergey Rudskoy announced airstrikes will stop for eight hours Thursday, starting at 8 a.m.
    He also urged rebels to leave the city via two corridors to Idlib.
    “These same corridors can be used to evacuate the sick and wounded,” Rudskoy — the chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff — said, according to Russian state-run media. “Six corridors will be opened for the passage of civilians.”

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