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Syria: UN-led evacuation of injured civilians underway in Madaya01:25

Syria: UN-led evacuation of injured civilians underway in Madaya

Syrian Arab Republic, Madaya
April 20, 2016 at 05:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

The United Nations (UN) with the assistance of the Syrian government began a major evacuation of civilians, some of whom are reportedly injured, from the besieged town of Madaya on Wednesday, showing promising signs of humanitarian progress in the region.

Dozens of wounded civilians in need of medical treatment were checked by security officials before being ushered onto waiting buses and Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles. Syrian government forces were on site to assist in the operation and to oversee the delivery of humanitarian aid. The evacuation deal also came into effect in the towns of Fuaa, Kafraya and Zabadani with an estimated 500 wounded civilians being evacuated in total.

In January, the Syrian government approved UN access and humanitarian assistance to the Syrian town after residents were trapped there for six months.

Syria: UN-led evacuation of injured civilians underway in Madaya01:25
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The United Nations (UN) with the assistance of the Syrian government began a major evacuation of civilians, some of whom are reportedly injured, from the besieged town of Madaya on Wednesday, showing promising signs of humanitarian progress in the region.

Dozens of wounded civilians in need of medical treatment were checked by security officials before being ushered onto waiting buses and Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles. Syrian government forces were on site to assist in the operation and to oversee the delivery of humanitarian aid. The evacuation deal also came into effect in the towns of Fuaa, Kafraya and Zabadani with an estimated 500 wounded civilians being evacuated in total.

In January, the Syrian government approved UN access and humanitarian assistance to the Syrian town after residents were trapped there for six months.

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