UN to vote on sending monitors to observe Aleppo displacement
Date: 2016-12-18 07:58
The UN Security Council is expected to vote Sunday on whether to send monitors to the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo to oversee evacuations and to help provide protection for civilians who remain.
The council will consider a French draft proposal that voices alarm at the worsening humanitarian crisis in and near the city, and for the "tens of thousands of besieged Aleppo inhabitants" in need of evacuation.
Sunday’s vote, like a half dozen truce proposals considered by the council this year, is expected to draw fire from Assad regime’s principal ally, Russia, which has vetoed earlier cease-fire proposals.
Monitors say as many as 40,000 civilians and the last remaining opposition-fighters waited in vain for evacuation operations to resume Saturday, after the exodus was suspended Friday by the Assad regime. The suspension came after Iranian mercenaries demanded the evacuation of two Shi’ite villages currently under siege by rebels.
Western news agencies quoted families who spent the night Saturday in bombed-out apartment blocks, located near departure points announced earlier by the regime, as saying no buses ever appeared.