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    UN Unable to Start Evacuation From Aleppo due to Security Issues

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    The UN was not able to begin the medical evacuation from eastern Aleppo as the warring sides did not provide the necessary security guaranties, UN humanitarian office (UNOCHA) spokesman Jens Laerke told RIA Novosti Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Laerke, it was impossible to begin the evacuation on Saturday morning, but the UN was working actively on obtaining the necessary security guarantees and was hoping for everybody's cooperation.

    "Medical evacuations of sick and wounded people and their immediate family members have still not been able to proceed this morning from eastern Aleppo. The UN remains hopeful that parties will provide all necessary guarantees and is actively working to that end," the spokesman said.

    Laerke also said that security in Aleppo was still seriously compromised and stressed the humanitarian organization's readiness to start the evacuation as soon as the conditions would allow for it.

    On Friday, Russia announced said that the humanitarian pause in Aleppo would be extended for one day, from 08:00 to 19:00 local time on October 22, while a source close to the International Syria Support Group said that Russian Defense Ministry and UN coordinated an evacuation of 200 wounded civilians and their families from Aleppo.


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