Ceasefire Deal to Evacuate from Eastern Aleppo


Time: 1:20 a.m. CEST

Syrian rebels reached a cease-fire deal “to evacuate from eastern Aleppo in an effective surrender on Tuesday, as Russia declared all military action had stopped and the Syrian government had assumed control of the former rebel enclave.”

Damascus, as the Associated Press says, confirmed the evacuation deal and the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, requested immediate access to the former rebel enclave “to confirm the end of military operations and to oversee the safe departure of tens of thousands of civilians and opposition fighters.”

At the Security Council emergency meeting on Aleppo, Russia’s U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the fighting had ended. “According to the latest information that we received … military actions in eastern Aleppo are over,” Churkin said.

“The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo,” the AP writes. The agreement on cease-fire came after appeals on behalf of trapped residents, and after the U.N. human-rights office said “the pro-government forces reportedly killed 82 civilians as they closed in on the last remaining rebel areas.”

None of the residents witnessed the alleged killings, and the reports came amid deepening chaos in the remaining rebel-held areas, the AP says. Mohammed Abu Rajab, the administrator of the last remaining clinic in rebel-held parts of the city, said, “the dead and wounded were being left in the streets.”

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