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Russia-announced ceasefire to start in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT: A Russia-declared unilateral ceasefire is to take hold in Syria's Aleppo Friday even as rebels stepped up a week-old assault to break a government siege of the city's eastern districts. Regime ally Russia, which announced the 10-hour "humanitarian pause" on Wednesday, said it would start at 0700 GMT. The pause is the second declared by Moscow in less than a month after a three-day ceasefire in late October failed to encourage civilians and rebels to leave rebel-held east Aleppo. The October 20 pause followed…