December 13, 2016 / 6:24 PM / 7 months ago

Aleppo military operation to end within hours - Russian U.N. envoy

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Russia Ambassador Vitaly Churkin talks on the phone before a vote on a draft resolution that demands an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria's Aleppo city, at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., October 08, 2016.Eduardo Munoz

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the Security Council on Tuesday that the Russian-backed Syrian Army's military operation in Aleppo would end "in the next few hours."

"All militants, together with members of their family and the injured, currently are going through agreed corridors in directions that they have chosen themselves voluntarily," Churkin said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told the council that the Syrian government and its allies Russia and Iran bore responsibility for killings of civilians in Aleppo.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Grant McCool

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