Prominent Activist Interviews Displaced Aleppo Civilians Following Initial Evacuation Convoys

Storyful Published January 13, 2017

Rumble Prominent Syrian activist Hadi Al-Abdallah was on hand at the Raqqa Junction to speak with recently evacuated civilians from besieged Aleppo at an <span class="caps">ICRC</span> medical center on December 15. At least three convoys have been <a href="" target="_blank">confirmed</a> to have arrived safely.

Many of those seen in the video are women and children, and amongst the civilians interviewed by al-Abdallah, almost all of them spoke about their fears of the constant aerial bombardments they were forced to deal with on a daily basis inside Aleppo. One women recently lost multiple family members, and told al-Abdallah that she has been forced to leave the city on her own without remaining family members. In the background of the interviews, multiple men in military fatigues can be seen in the background, they are likely Syrian rebels, while a number of Syrian Red Crescent vans and workers are also visible.

In a second video posted by al-Abdallah, he can be seen interviewing local <span class="caps">ICRC</span> official Parrl Krzysiek about the organization’s role in facilitating the evacuation process. In the first 20 seconds, a male soldier is standing behind them. While Storyful could not independently verify the identity of the soldier, numerous activist reports <a href="" target="_blank">say</a> that Russian soldiers are accompanying the convoys at several checkpoints throughout the entire evacuation process.