Assad declares Aleppo for “liberated”
Tens of thousands of people can finally leave the bombed East Aleppo. Buses commute to transport people. The city was “liberated,” declared Assad. With the victory over the insurgents “history” is written.
The first civilians and wounded have left the rebel areas in East Aleppo and have been transported by bus to the metropolis. Observers and Syrian military circles reported that two convoys with several hundred people had left East Aleppo. However, in view of the situation in the city, the evacuation mission could go even further.
Assad: “History is written in Aleppo”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared the city “liberated”. He congratulated the Syrian people in a videotape on the channel of the Syrian presidency: “What will happen today in Aleppo will write history.” The expulsion of the insurgents from Aleppo is the biggest victory of Assad since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
Evacuation started today at 22:15 ECT 15.12.2016
The regimenahe TV station Al-Mayadeen showed pictures of a column with green buses.
And hospitals of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRK) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which left the rebel areas. On a first trip 951 people were taken out of the city, it was from Syrian military circles. One third of them were fighters. During the second voyage 1198 people, including wounded, were reported to have been brought to safety.
The figures vary according to the number of people who must be transported from the region as a whole. Syrian military circles speak of about 15,000 people. In addition to 5000 fighters, they are to be concerned with their relatives and civilians, who are still in the enclosed areas. According to Turkish authorities, between 80,000 and 100,000 people have to be brought to safety. They are to be taken to the province of Idlib southwest of Aleppo. Hundreds of kilometers from their homes. It is the aim of the regime to concentrate the insurgents in the province so that the Syrian army and its allies no longer have to fight against the rebels on many different fronts. Idlib is largely controlled by the armed opposition.
On the evening of the conflict, the conflict parties agreed on the withdrawal of fighters and civilians from Aleppo’s rebel territories after an agreement had already been reached. The evacuation had initially been delayed. Activists and assistants reported that they had been shot at a first attempt. Five people were injured.
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According to the United Nations, the United Nations is preparing to flee up to 100,000 people to Idlib. The UN is in contact with Turkey to build additional refugee camps because people may not be safe in Idlib, too, says UN emergency aid coordinator Jan Egeland.
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