United Nations says Aleppo medical evacuations have not begun as hoped
Oct 22 2016 by Desiree Burns
"The militants set a condition for giving access [to the area], [they] demand medical supplies and medical treatment of militants", the source told RIA Novosti.
But rebels have said they can not accept the ceasefire, which they say does nothing to alleviate the situation of those who choose to remain in rebel-held Aleppo, and believe it is part of a government policy to purge cities of political opponents.
The pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen TV aired live footage on Friday from the Castello Road in Aleppo.
But residents in eastern Aleppo have said many won't take advantage of the corridors because there are no guarantees that the evacuees won't be arrested by government forces.
"No one has left the city so far", said Mohammed Abu Rajab, who works at a hospital that was hit repeatedly in recent weeks, knocking it out of service.
He says the "aid is for people in Aleppo, I don't know if they support (Syrian President Bashar) Assad or not, but we know they need help".
The United Nations had hoped to use the truce to evacuate injured people from Aleppo, and possibly deliver aid.
Yasser al-Youssef, a member of the political bureau of the Nour el-Din el-Zinki rebel group, said the opposition had agreed to the initiative to evacuate wounded and allow in aid, but the Syrian government and Russian Federation gave no assurances the wounded would not face arrest.
"For sure, the situation will get worse after this pause. We don't want to leave", said Ammar al Qaran, a resident in Sakhour district.
"Those responsible for breaches of worldwide humanitarian law and human rights law must be held accountable", said the statement.
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The U.N. had said it received assurances for the extension of the cease-fire until Monday, but the Kremlin didn't confirm that, saying only that it was possible if militants don't abuse it.
Britain spearheaded the resolution to put pressure on Russian Federation.
Ambassador Hussam Edin Aala spoke during a special session of the United Nations -backed Human Rights Council, where Britain and allies are leading a push for a resolution that would call for a stepped-up United Nations investigation on rights abuses and a halt to air strikes in Aleppo.
Separately, Turkish air strikes pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a USA -backed militia in northern Syria overnight, highlighting the conflicting agendas of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members Ankara and Washington in an increasingly complex battlefield.
"In spite of the reports of successive inquiry commissions, the Resolutions of the Human Rights Council and the Security Council resolutions No. 2042 of 2012 and No. 2043 of 2012, violence in all its forms still exists, including the use of heavy weapons in civilian populated areas, as in the case of the blockade imposed on Aleppo and its countryside", He said.
Commander Mahmoud Barkhadan of the main Syria Kurdish militia People's Protection Units told AP there were no airstrikes Friday but artillery and rockets fell on their areas in northern Aleppo province.
The council was expected to vote later in the day on a resolution that would call for increased monitoring of crimes in Aleppo.
"Given these examples it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the European Union", said Tusk, the former prime minister of Poland, one of the countries that is most hawkish on Russian Federation.
Tension escalated Wednesday when Turkey targeted Kurdish-led forces in the area, where many groups are jostling for territory once held by Islamic State militants.