UN JOINS IN MONITORING THE ALEPPO EVACUATION

79620d293cb94adeaf9eba961ed5e439The United Nations would join other international organizations in monitoring the evacuation of the rebels and civilians besieged in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Till now the evacuation from Aleppo was supervised solely by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), without the presence of UN staff.

The UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the world body has been invited to monitor and assist in the evacuation process.

“It is a three-pronged evacuation: a medical evacuation of wounded and sick, as well as an evacuation of vulnerable civilians and of fighters,” the spokesman said.

Jan Egeland, the UN special adviser on Syria, clarified that this is not an agreement mediated by the United Nations; rather, it is an agreement that has been made in direct talks between the parties to this war, which the United Nations was only invited this morning to monitor.

UN monitors will accompany those who are being evacuated, not only from east Aleppo but all the way to the northwestern province of Idlib, and they also stand ready to care for them all the way into Turkey, if they chose that to be their final destination, Dujarric said.

The ICRC, the World Health Organization and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were on the ground to provide assistance to those fleeing Aleppo.

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