The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria, Marianne Gasser, has said it could take days to complete the evacuation operation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The first two evacuations, led by the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, went ahead on Thursday.
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.
Thousands of civilians' lives are in danger as frontlines close in around them in eastern Aleppo. As the battle reaches new peaks and the area is plunged into chaos, thousands with no part in the violence have literally nowhere safe to run.
Damascus/Geneva: Nearly 150 civilians, most of whom were disabled or in urgent need of care, were evacuated late night 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).
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.
As the fight for Mosul intensifies, civilians are in the path of battle. With many more casualties expected in the coming weeks, the ICRC is supporting local hospitals and primary health care centres to treat the wounded.