Aleppo evacuation operation 'in last stages'

The evacuation of civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo is in its "last stages," the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.

Around 34,000 people have been evacuated in the week-long rescue operation.

Over 4,000 rebel fighters left between Wednesday and Thursday to rebel-held western rural Aleppo, as per an agreement reached with the government.

Thousands are expected to be evacuated as the rescue operation continues throughout Friday, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

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Bana 'among many children' who managed to evacuate

A seven-year-old girl who gained more than 300,000 followers after tweeting about her ordeal in eastern Aleppo has managed to leave the besieged city, according to an aid organisation.

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Bana al-Abed was included in a convoy of busses that left the city over the past week.

Her departure was confirmed by the head of the Syrian-American Medical Society aid group.

In a tweet on Monday, Ahmad Tarakji said Bana was among "many children" who have arrived in the Aleppo countryside.


Ten buses 'take evacuees from besieged Syrian villages'

The evacuation of Aleppo stalled over the weekend. Credit: Reuters

Ten buses left the besieged villages of al-Foua and Kefraya near Idlib carrying evacuees through rebel-held territory towards Aleppo on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The evacuation of wounded and other civilians from the villages is a condition for the evacuation of people in the besieged rebel zone of Aleppo, Syrian state media reported on Sunday.

East Aleppo 'evacuations are back on': UN official says

Thousands are waiting to be evacuated from eastern Aleppo. Credit: Reuters

Evacuations from eastern Aleppo are back on, a UN official in Syria has told Reuters.

Buses and ambulances are reportedly leaving the besieged city, the official added.

Evacuation efforts have been hampered over the weekend by a ceasefire deal breaking down.

The official had no information about a simultaneous plan to evacuate people from two government-held villages near Idlib that are besieged by mostly Sunni rebel forces.


Draft Aleppo evacuation monitors resolution agreed

Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari Credit: Reuters

The UN Security Council has agreed a draft resolution on the UN monitoring of the Aleppo evacuation.

The Security Council said it would vote on the plans to send monitors in to the besieged city on Monday.

Russia's ambassador had earlier said that he would veto the French draft resolution unless it was altered.

Russia, Syria's ally, had presented a rival resolution that would require the Syrian government's approval before monitors could be sent.

But after hours of discussion, a draft was agreed upon which will be voted on.

Evacuation deal 'postponed', war monitor says

People wait to be evacuated at an overcrowded hospital Credit: Channel 4 News

The evacuation of the government-held villages has been postponed for an "unknown period", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The government-held villages, al-Foua and Kefraya, were going to be evacuated in exchange for allowing rebels and civilians to leave Aleppo.

The move is also likely to postpone the evacuation of east Aleppo.

The war monitor said no one left eastern Aleppo on Sunday.

Russia 'will veto' UN resolution to monitor Aleppo

People huddle for warmth Credit: Reuters

Russia will veto the UN security council resolution drafted to ensure officials can monitor the Aleppo evacuation, the Russian UN ambassador said.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin raised concerns that the French-drafted resolution does not account for the preparation needed for UN officials to be able to monitor evacuations and the protection of civilians who remain.

"We have no problem whatsoever with any kind of monitoring," he told reporters.

"But the idea that they should be told to go to wander around the ruins of eastern Aleppo without proper preparation and without informing everybody about what is going to happen, this has disaster written all over it," Churkin said.

Churkin circulated a rival Russian text to council members during a closed-door meeting on Sunday ahead of a planned vote on the French draft.

The Russian draft contained one key change, asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to "provide arrangements, including security arrangements, in coordination with the interested parties, to allow United Nations personnel to monitor the condition of civilians remaining in Aleppo."

Buses sent to evacuate Shia villages 'attacked and burned'

Several buses sent to evacuate the villages of al-Foua and Keraya were set on fire Credit: Reuters

Unidentified attackers have set fire to buses intended to evacuate people from the besieged Syrian villages of al-Foua and Keraya, according to reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state television said that several buses had been set on fire.

The attack could put at risk the evacuation of eastern Aleppo as under a reciprocal agreement stalled evacuation efforts in the city will only restart if people in al-Foua and Keraya, which are besieged by rebels, are also allowed to flee.

The area where the buses were attacked is controlled by Islamist militias Jund al-Aqsa and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.

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