Evacuation of ill complete in Syria's eastern Ghouta

By Red Cross and Red Crescent. Rocca hopes for other operations

29 December, 17:37

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, DECEMBER 29 - Personnel from the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) concluded on Friday the evacuation of 29 seriously ill civilians and their families in the area from the eastern Ghouta to the gates of Damascus, controlled by rebel forces and under siege by the government army.

    The three-day operation was made possible by an agreement reached between the government and Syrian opposition groups, mediated by the Syrian Red Crescent.

    In addition to the 29 people who were evacuated, the agreement also provides for the freeing of 29 people being held prisoner by anti-government militants in the Ghouta. The evacuation took place following the recent mission to Damascus by the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca.

    Rocca met with, among others, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and asked for unlimited access to populations in areas under siege.

    "I hope this evacuation will be followed by many other deliveries of basic necessities and medical assistance to the people who need it," Rocca said.

    The 29 civilians who were evacuated included 17 children, six women and six men, IFRC said. (ANSAmed).

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