UN staff arrived in Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday to carry out militants’ evacuation from the eastern part of the city, a source on the ground told Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On October 6, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura offered to accompany Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra) militants if they decided to leave Aleppo with arms and to head for the city of Idlib or somewhere else. Russia supported this offer.
The source said that the UN employees had arrived to Bustan Qasr district where the buses to take the militants away were already waiting.
The evacuation may begin later in the day, however, the total number of evacuees remains unknown.
Fighting in Aleppo has recently escalated with the Syrian army and local militia forces having managed to encircle large groups of militants in the eastern districts of Aleppo. Government troops began to advance after the September 12 ceasefire collapsed.