Russia’s Foreign Minister SERGEI LAVROV says Syria’s army has suspended combat operations in eastern Aleppo.
The move is to allow for the evacuation of civilians trapped in the battle zone. Mr LAVROV said some 8,000 people would be taken out.
Government forces have retaken 75% of east Aleppo in recent weeks – areas rebels had controlled for four years.
Reports say while fighting appears to have eased, there is no sign it has completely stopped.