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Jihadist rebels agree to ceasefire deal in east Aleppo

The jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh and Halab Fatah have officially agreed to a ceasefire deal that would allow for their militants and local residents to leave the beseigd neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo.

Initially, a similar deal was put in place that would allow for the evacuation of civilians; however, several militants reneged on this agreement and forced residents to remain in the besieged areas.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has not yet entered any of the remaining besieged neighborhoods, despite claims by Syrian opposition activists that government forces entered Kalaseh and Bustan Al-Qasr.

A Syrian military source told Al-Masdar moments ago that they will not enter any of the jihadist controlled neighborhoods until they are permitted by the observing groups and opposition.

The Syrian Armed Forces have suspended operations in eastern Aleppo indefinitely, as they shift their focus to more pressing fronts in eastern Homs and southern Aleppo.

[Source: By Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi, Beirut, 13Dec16]

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