Red Cross pleads for Aleppo civilians

World | 16 Dec 2016 8:19 pm

An official with the International Committee of the Red Cross is urging all parties in Syria to ensure that the evacuations from Aleppo resume. 

ICRC's regional director Robert Mardini posted on Twitter that, "Regretfully, the operation was put on hold. We urge the parties to ensure it can be relaunched & proceed in the right conditions.'' 

The Syrian government suspended evacuations from eastern Aleppo hours after they resumed today, saying that rebels opened fire on a convoy with evacuees at a crossing point with the enclave. 

A Syrian rebel spokesman, Yasser al-Youssef of the Nour el-Din el-Zinki rebel group, claimed pro-government forces had opened fire on the convoy and also confiscated 25 private cars belonging to the Aleppo evacuees. 

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says "pro-regime terrorists groups'' had opened fire on the convoy in Aleppo. -AP

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