So far, 16 patients, the majority children, have been medically evacuated with their families from Eastern Ghouta to Damascus by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). They are now in hospitals receiving life-saving treatment.
The evacuation came after an agreement was reached between the parties to the conflict to evacuate 29 people.
It is hoped this medical evacuation is the beginning of more to come with many in dire need of medical help.
It is vital that humanitarian organisations can reach people in Eastern Ghouta with aid on a regular basis and without conditions.
Video and photos taken on 27 December 2017 of medical evacuation, Eastern Ghouta, Syria
For more information, please contact:
Ingy Sedky, ICRC Damascus: +963930336418
Anastasia Isyuk, ICRC Geneva, +41792519302
Elodie Schindler, ICRC Geneva, +41795369248