The fight for Mosul is long, and bitter; civilians now have no choice but to flee. City streets are not supposed to be a battlefield: family homes, neighbourhood shops, schools, and clinics are in the line for fire. Retaking Mosul has made normal life impossible. It was hard for Fathi Yassin to make the decision to leave with his family, but in the end survival became his only priority.
The life of every South Sudanese family has been affected by the armed conflict that started in 2013 and over the years spread. The ongoing violence has had profound and devastating effects on all areas of life, undermining access to food, clean water, basic healthcare and education.
Early this morning, Monday 19th December, all sides to the conflict gave renewed security guarantees to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Both organizations were able to resume evacuating the thousands of people in need from Eastern Aleppo City.
STATEMENT FROM ICRC HEAD OF COMMUNICATION PAWEL KRZYSIEK, SYRIA - CURRENTLY IN ALEPPO:
"Since days in Aleppo, we've seen enormous enormous suffering of civilians affected by the recent escalations of fighting. For over weeks, thousands of people have fled eastern Aleppo to the western side of the city. Thousands are still living in collective shelters where the humanitarian situation is extremely dire.
Nearly 150 civilians, most of whom were disabled or in urgent need of care, were evacuated late last night (7 November) from a hospital in the Old City of Aleppo, in a joint operation by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
As the battle for Aleppo intensifies, 20,000 people have fled their homes over the past 72 hours.
In the East, there have been intensified attacks on the neighbourhoods of Masakan Hananoo, Jabal Jabro and Sakhour. The majority of those fleeing are families, many with babies and young children. Looking for a safe place, the main collective shelter is in the Jibreen, southeast of Aleppo, where an old factory is being used to house over 8,000 people.