First Evacuation Convoys Arrive in Besieged Aleppo

Storyful Published January 13, 2017

Rumble Despite <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a> of stalled evacuation plans, convoys supervised by the <span class="caps">ICRC</span> arrived in besieged Aleppo’s Mashad neighborhood during the morning hours of December 15. Evacuations were slated to begin at 8 a.m. local time but were delayed.

<a href="" target="_blank">Aleppo-based media reported</a> said the evacuation convoys would be supervised by the Red Cross. The evacuation route, <a href="" target="_blank">according to activists inside the city</a>, would lead through the city’s Amiriyah District southwards along Ramouse Road, where it would continue on towards the southern Aleppo suburb of Dahiyat al-Asad.

There were approximately 70,000 civilians awaiting buses, according to activists. Local doctor Hamza al-Khatib was <a href="" target="_blank">quoted</a> saying that 125 critically injured people would be evacuated on December 15.

It was unclear as to whether or not the convoys would be allowed to exit the city through the agreed-upon route, given that the <a href="*/stories/151626?collection=aleppo-offensive" target="_blank">first planned convoy on December 14</a> was forced to return to the besieged area of Aleppo.

At the time of writing, at least one bus had departed the area, according to <a href="" target="_blank">local activist reports</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">Additional reports</a> claim that the bus came under brief gunfire before waiting for the arrival of Red Cross vehicles.