MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A total of 47 children trapped in an orphanage in eastern Aleppo were evacuated on Monday, some of them in critical condition, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere said.
“This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration. The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria,” Cappelaere said in a statement.
This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in eastern #Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition— Geert Cappelaere (@gcappelaere) 19 декабря 2016 г.
He also noted that many children were still trapped in eastern Aleppo and reminded all parties about their obligations under international humanitarian law implying protection of children.
“We call on all parties to the conflict to strive for an immediate political solution to this war. The lives of millions more children depend on it,” Cappelaere added.
On December 16, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that Aleppo was now under full government control with the Syrian army operation to retake the eastern districts completed. Civilians and militants were leaving the city amid a ceasefire agreement between the remaining pockets of resistance and government forces.
"The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria," Cappelaere stated.
Many vulnerable children — including other orphans and children separated from their families — still remain in east Aleppo and need immediate protection, Cappelaere added.
The on-and-off evacuations of civilians from Eastern Aleppo resumed late on Sunday after collapsing on Friday.
Turkey's foreign minister, as quoted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said 4,500 civilians had left eastern Aleppo since Monday, bringing the number of evacuees to 12,000 from the area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces from extremists.