VIDEO: 500 People Evacuated from Eastern Aleppo reached to Al Rashideen

Mon Dec 19, 2016 09:40:20

Around 500 evacuees from eastern Aleppo were brought to Al-Rashideen in Aleppo governorate, an offical from Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) told Reuters late on Sunday (December 18).

Alalam - Syria
Five buses arrived to rebel-held Al-Rashideen at 23:30 pm (21:30 GMT) where Turkish Red Crescent, Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) and IHH officials distributed food rations and winter clothes to newly arrived evacuees before placing them to temporary camps.

A U.N. official in Syria confirmed the evacuation of the rebel-held enclave of east Aleppo resumed after three days of delays. The official had no immediate information about a planned simultaneous operation to evacuate people from two Shi'ite villages near Idlib that are besieged by mostly Sunni rebel forces.

The evacuation ground to a halt on Friday (December 16) after demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two Shi'ite villages besieged by insurgents.

Armed men burned five buses that were supposed to be used for an evacuation near Idlib early on Sunday, holding up the renewed deal to allow thousands to leave eastern Aleppo, where evacuees crammed into buses for hours, waiting to move.

However, after the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebels' main supporter, agreed by telephone that the disruptions must be quickly overcome, sources in Erdogan's office said.


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