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UN invited to monitor and assist fresh evacuation efforts under way in war-ravaged Aleppo

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 15 December 2016
Cite as UN News Service, UN invited to monitor and assist fresh evacuation efforts under way in war-ravaged Aleppo, 15 December 2016, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5853d09640c.html [accessed 20 January 2018]
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15 December 2016 - The United Nations was today invited to monitor and assist in the renewed effort to evacuate sick and wounded civilians and opposition fighters from the remaining rebel-held areas of Syria's war-ravaged city of Aleppo, a senior UN humanitarian envoy announced today.

Following today's meeting in Geneva of the Humanitarian Access Task Force of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Jan Egeland, the UN Senior Adviser on Syria, detailed the UN's three-pronged evacuation plan, a plan he hoped would be "the start of a last and successful attempt of evacuations."

The plan includes medical evacuations for the wounded and sick, evacuations for vulnerable civilians, and evacuations of fighters. The agreement was not made on behalf of the UN, but rather through direct talks of the various parties to the Syrian war, he explained.

The UN will monitor the evacuations with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Representatives from all organizations are ready to accompany those being evacuated from eastern Aleppo, Idlib, and elsewhere all the way to Turkey and into Turkey, should that be their final destination.

According to Mr. Egeland, Russia will also monitor the situation and ensure that the evacuations that follow are "swift, [non-bureaucratic] and non-intrusive" and that those being evacuated would be guaranteed safety.

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