"A Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (Nusra) statement sent to the BBC pointed to similar initiatives in the central city of Homs in 2014 and the Damascus suburb of Darayya in August, where evacuations took place after years of siege and bombardment by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
It was "clear", the statement said, that Russia wanted to "cleanse" areas of Sunni Muslims – who form the majority in Syria and dominate the opposition to Mr Assad, a member of the Shia Alawite sect – and to "differentiate" between rebel factions in order to weaken them.
"We choose not to give up our people," the statement said. "We will not betray their blood and we will continue our jihad until we remove the regime and any plan against that is rejected."
The UN, which has designated Jabhat Fateh al-Sham a terrorist organisation, says there are no more than 900 fighters from the group inside Aleppo, out of a maximum of 8,000 rebels in total.
In a separate development on Wednesday, officials in the besieged Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya said hundreds of people, many of them fighters, were being evacuated to the northern province of Idlib as part of a deal struck with the government last month that would see it retaking control." BBC
The charge that the Syrian Government wants to "ethnically cleanse" Syria of Sunni Arabs is demonstrably false. There are many, many Sunni Muslims fighting on the government side against the coalition of Sunni jihadis and illusory "moderate" resistors in Syria. There are many Sunni Arab civilians living in Damascus and other government held parts of Syria.
Yes, the Syrian government, Russia and the US all agreed that Nusra (Jabhat fatah al-Sham) is a terrorist organization and that the supposed "moderates" should separate themselves from Nusra as a pre-condition for a political settlement.
Nusra has refused to allow civilians to leave East Aleppo.
900? Good, this is a nice round number. They have been offered a free passage to rebel held Idlib Province like other surrendedered rebel groups (including jihadis). They have declined, All that is missing from their statements is the reply "nuts!" given by BG McAuliffe to the German demand for the surrender of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne.
What should follow is a final battle of annhihilation in East Aleppo. pl