Thousands still trapped in eastern Aleppo

2016-12-15 22:34
A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo. (George Ourfalian, AFP)

A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo. (George Ourfalian, AFP)

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WATCH: Paris turns off Eiffel Tower lights for Aleppo

2016-12-15 12:08

Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave the direction to turn off the lights in Paris' Eiffel Tower to show the city's solidarity with and support for the besieged inhabitants of Aleppo, Syria.WATCH

Paris - Some 50 000 people, the majority civilians, were still trapped in eastern Aleppo even as an evacuation deal was under way, the UN peace envoy for Syria and French foreign minister said on Thursday.

"There are 50 000 people, including 40 000 civilians unfortunate enough to live in that part of the city. The rest are fighters, numbering between 1 500 and 5 000, and their families," the UN's Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Paris, alongside France's Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Turkey had earlier said 80 000 to 100 000 civilians were likely still trapped in eastern Aleppo.

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