Aleppo: 47 orphaned children’ evacuated
Dozens of children who were trapped in an orphanage in the rebel-held enclave of east Aleppo have been evacuated, UNICEF said.
Geert Cappelaere, regional director for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, said: “This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration.”
He said UNICEF and other agencies were assisting in reuniting other evacuated children with their families, and giving them winter clothes and medical care.
The evacuation of eastern Aleppo is “back on”, a UN official has told Reuters.
A convoy of busses carrying evacuees from eastern Aleppo arrived at the town of al-Rashideen on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Among the latest to be evacuated was seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, who gained more than 300,000 followers after tweeting about her ordeal in Aleppo.
Tens of thousands of civilians desperate to leave east Aleppo were left stranded for 48 hours over the weekend after a ceasefire deal broke down.