Rebels Hopeful with New Alliance, 30 thousand Flee East Aleppo

Russia Proposes Humanitarian Corridors: UN

تم نشره في Thu 1 December / Dec 2016. 01:00 AM
  • Rebel fighters of the Jabha Shamiya walk within the compound of the justice palace in the old city of Aleppo, Syria January 28, 2016. – (REUTERS)
  • Smoke rising from the eastern Aleppo district of al-Sakhour - (Reuters)

About 30 thousand people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400 thousand, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

The United Nations has food for 150 thousand people ready in western Aleppo but it still cannot reach roughly 200 thousand who remain in the enclave, where food stocks have run out and surgery is being done in basements without anaesthetic, he said.

Syria and Russia have declined a United Nations request for a pause in the fighting to evacuate 400 sick and wounded in need of immediate treatment, but Russia wants to discuss the idea of setting up four humanitarian corridors, de Mistura's humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told reporters.

Meanwhile, Rebels in Aleppo, hoping to better organize their defence against the ferocious assault by the government and its allies have agreed to form a new military alliance between the Levant Front, known as the “Jabha Shamiya”; a major Free Syrian Army (FSA) faction fighting in east Aleppo, and other rebel groups, including ones engaged in the north Syrian frontier, under the new banners of the “Aleppo Army”, according to rebel leaderships, speaking from Turkey, said on Thursday.

The new "Aleppo Army" will be led by the commander of the Jabha Shamiya rebel faction.