More than 150 families and some opposition fighters have left the rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Government and Russian forces say they've opened humanitarian corridors to allow people to leave the besieged city.

But activists have expressed doubts over the plan, saying it's likely a pretext for the government to launch an attack and gain full control of Aleppo.

And the UN envoy to Syria has also questioned Russia's involvement, saying safe passages are the work of the United Nations.

So, what is Moscow's motive behind this plan? And why are others suspicious?

Presenter: Sohail Rahman


Marwan Kabalan - Syrian academic and associate analyst at the Doha Institute.

Vyacheslav Matuzov - Former Russian diplomat.

Rami Khouri - Senior Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut.

Source: Al Jazeera