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Aleppo: UN Security Council to vote on sending observers

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The United Nations Security Council will vote on Sunday on a French proposal to send observers to the Syrian city of Aleppo to monitor evacuation and report on the protection of civilians.

Despite resistance from Russia, the council will meet at 8:30 pm IST to decide on the draft resolution. Russia has vetoed six resolutions on Syrian conflict.

On Friday, France circulated a draft stating that the council is “alarmed” by the worsening humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where “tens of thousands of besieged Aleppo inhabitants” are in need of aid and evacuation, Telegraph reported.

According to WHO, more than 50,000 civilians were trapped in the last rebel-held pockets of Aleppo.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the international presence prevents Aleppo from turning into another Srebrenica, where more than 8,000 of Bosnian men and boys were massacred in 1995 by units of the Bosnian army under the command of General Ratko Mladic.

The draft resolution asks UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to redeploy UN humanitarian staff already in Syria “to carry out adequate, neutral monitoring … and to report on evacuations from besieged parts of Aleppo and protection of civilians”, BBC reported.

The resolution also demanded the protection of all doctors, hospitals and ambulances in the east Aleppo.

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial centre, has been a conflicted ground since the summer of 2012.

More than 4,00,000 people have lost their lives and half of the population were displaced in the four-year-old battle.

 

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