Red Cross: Last patients in Aleppo evacuated

2016-12-21 20:19
Busses are seen during the Aleppo evacuation. (George Ourfalian, AFP)

Busses are seen during the Aleppo evacuation. (George Ourfalian, AFP)

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Beirut - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has evacuated the last hospital patients left in east Aleppo.

The relief organisation is supervising the evacuation of the Syrian opposition's last foothold in the war-torn city.

The ICRC said on Wednesday evening all residents requiring urgent medical care have been evacuated as well. It said the last hospital in eastern Aleppo is now empty.

Pro-government forces struck medical facilities in east Aleppo repeatedly in their push to expel the opposition from the city this year. In November, the UN said it believed there were no more functioning medical facilities in eastern part of the city.

About 25 000 people have been bussed out of east Aleppo since last week, according to the ICRC, in an agreement by the opposition to surrender its last foothold in the city.

Residents and opposition figures say the exodus amounts to forced displacement, brought on by the government's fierce assault against the east.

The evacuation is occurring under freezing and sleeting conditions.

Read more on:    icrc  |  syria  |  syria conflict
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