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    The World Health Organization called for an immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to Aleppo to evacuate the sick and the wounded from the city's eastern part.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Tuesday to create humanitarian corridors in the Syrian city of Aleppo to make possible the transportation of sick and wounded people from the besieged eastern part of the city.

    "As the escalation of fighting in Aleppo claims more victims every day, WHO calls for an immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said at a news briefing.

    Over 200 people were injured in east Aleppo last week while there are only 35 doctors in this part of the city, Chaib added.

    "All access routes to east Aleppo are closed leaving no options for the civilian population to leave the besieged area. The remaining 25 health facilities in east Aleppo City are on the verge of complete destruction, including seven hospitals that are fully or only partly functioning," the spokeswoman stressed.

    She noted that WHO was continuing to deliver humanitarian aid to various affected areas in Syria.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, previously known as al-Nusra Front. Both are designated as terrorist organizations and banned in Russia as well as many other countries.

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