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Erdogan calls for Aleppo ceasefire deal to be respected

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Friday for all sides to respect the ceasefire deal in Syria’s Aleppo so that the evacuation of people from the city’s devastated east could resume.

“I urge all parties and the international community to abide by the ceasefire agreement and support the implementation of the evacuation process,” the Turkish leader said on Twitter.

“The ceasefire negotiated by Turkey in Aleppo and the continuation of evacuations is the last hope that remains for the innocent,” he added.

“The people of Aleppo are not Alone,” Erdogan said. “We will do everything in our power to save innocent lives.”

The evacuation of east Aleppo is part of a ceasefire deal negotiated by Moscow and Ankara that entered into force Thursday after an initial attempt to halt the fighting failed the day before.

But the Syrian regime suspended the vast evacuation operation on Friday, accusing the opposition of breaching the terms of the ceasefire deal.



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