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Syrian government opens corridor in Aleppo for evacuations

  • FILE - In this file photo released early Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 and provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, rescue workers try to remove a boy stuck in the debris of a building in the neighborhood of Qaterji in rebel-held east Aleppo following an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government has opened a corridor Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo. Residents in the besieged area have said many won't go since there are no guarantees that evacuees won't be arrested by government forces (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

    FILE - In this file photo released early Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 and provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, rescue workers try to remove a boy stuck in the debris of a building in the neighborhood of Qaterji in rebel-held east Aleppo following an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government has opened a corridor Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo. Residents in the besieged area have said many won't go since there are no guarantees that evacuees won't be arrested by government forces (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov speaks at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Russian military is pressing its accusations against the U.S.-led coalition over a strike on a Syrian village. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov speaks at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The Russian military is pressing its accusations against the U.S.-led coalition over a strike on a Syrian village. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houssam-Eddin Ala, ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to Geneva speaks during the Human Rights Council that holds its 25th special session on the human rights situation in Aleppo at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Houssam-Eddin Ala, ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to Geneva speaks during the Human Rights Council that holds its 25th special session on the human rights situation in Aleppo at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Syrian government has opened a corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo.

Residents in the besieged area have said many won't go since there are no guarantees that evacuees won't be arrested by government forces.

The pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen TV aired live footage on Friday from the Castello Road in Aleppo. It shows bulldozers have opened the road and buses and ambulances are parked on the roadside to take evacuees.

The pause in Aleppo fighting was announced by Russia to allow for the evacuation of civilians and fighters, as well as the wounded. Rebels have rejected the offer, saying it isn't serious.

Before the pause, Aleppo's besieged districts were subjected to relentless Syrian and Russian airstrikes for weeks.