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Published: Sun, October 23, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Medical evacuations from Aleppo fail to materialize


The UN said Friday security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria s Aleppo, as Russian Federation extended a truce that was largely holding for a second day.

On Saturday, Russia indicated that it might further extend the humanitarian pause, which had already been prolonged for October 22, from 08:00 to 16:00 local time, depending on the developments on the ground.

He said eight wounded militants left Thursday and were driven toward rebel-controlled Idlib, while seven civilians managed to flee at night.

A United Nations official says Syrian opposition fighters are blocking medical evacuations from Aleppo because the government and Russian Federation are impeding deliveries of medical and humanitarian supplies into the city.

While numerous estimated 275,000 civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo are eager to leave after living under a total siege for more than a month, they are still waiting for a safe way to do so.

She also said that despite the global community's rejection of the crimes of the Syrian regime, its failure to take the necessary measures had led to increasing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"The violations and abuses suffered by people across the country, including the siege and bombardment of eastern Aleppo, are simply not tragedies; they also constitute crimes of historic proportions", he told the Geneva session by video link.

Across Syria, they reported that 130 children have been killed due to cluster bombs in the past year.

The evacuations were announced a day earlier with great hopes by United Nations officials.

The council also called for a special probe into Aleppo's violence, saying individuals responsible for the most serious violations should be identified. He said the "collective failure of the global community to protect civilians and halt this bloodshed should haunt every one of us".

Russian Federation is "ready to extend this humanitarian pause" as long as there are not "provocations" by al Nusra and allied groups, Lavrov said, adding that "this position was confirmed in our contacts with the United States".

The ambassadors of Russian Federation and Syria said that their forces were observing a 11-hour truce in Aleppo to allow evacuation of the wounded and for civilians to leave. The resolution largely reiterated previous ones by the council, but it called on the Commission of Inquiry on Syria to specifically investigate crimes in Aleppo and report back to the 47-member body. "For the moment, we haven t seen any movement of residents or fighters", said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity will only cease to violate the laws of war when it is clear they will be held to account", he said.

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