Syria rebels reject Aleppo withdrawal after Russian statement

by Reuters  |  published on October 18, 2016

Syria RebelsSyrian rebels said on Tuesday they rejected any withdrawal of fighters from Aleppo after Russia announced a halt in air raids which it said was designed to allow insurgents to leave and to separate moderate fighters from extremist militants.

“The factions completely reject any exit – this is surrender,” said Zakaria Malahifji, the political officer of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim group.

Al-Farouk Abu Bakr, an Aleppo commander in the powerful Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, said the rebels would fight on.

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