In Syria Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says

Russia has said it is ready for talks with the United States on the withdrawal of all rebels from the area.

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Syrian shepherds walk in the Shihan neighbourhood in the government-held side of Aleppo, on December 3, 2016 play

Syrian shepherds walk in the Shihan neighbourhood in the government-held side of Aleppo, on December 3, 2016

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Syrian rebel commanders in Aleppo will not surrender eastern Aleppo to government forces, a rebel official said on Saturday.

Russia has said it isready for talks with the United States on the withdrawal of all rebels from the area.

"I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'," said Zakaria Malahifji, the head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim faction, speaking from Turkey.

"The military commanders in Aleppo said 'we will not leave the city. There is no problem with corridors for civilians to leave, but we will not leave the city',"

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