The evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo is yet to begin, despite a ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey that was to allow civilians and opposition fighters from the besieged eastern districts of the city to leave.
It was unclear when residents would be allowed to leave east Aleppo, which the United Nations said on Tuesday had endured a brutal “meltdown of humanity” as forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, rampaged through newly reclaimed districts reportedly carrying out extrajudicial killings.
France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that confusion surrounding the evacuation showed it was imperative to have UN observers to manage the process.
“France wants the presence of UN observers on the ground and humanitarian organisations like the Red Cross must intervene,” Jean-Marc Ayrault told France 2 television.
However, according to sky news source, the sound of explosions has been heard in Aleppo despite a ceasefire to allow civilians to leave.