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UN Security Council agrees to send observers to Syria

Published måndag 19 december 2016 kl 16.24
Syrians evacuated from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo during the ceasefire on Monday.
Syrians evacuated from the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo during the ceasefire on Monday. Credit: AP

The United Nations Security Council voted to deploy observers to Aleppo to monitor evacuations and conditions for civilians who remain in the city.

With Russia voting in support, the French-drafted resolution was unanimously adopted on Monday. The resolution emphasizes "the importance to ensure the voluntary, safe and dignified passage of all civilians from the eastern districts of Aleppo or other areas, under the monitoring of and coordination by the United Nations and other relevant institutions, to a destination of their choice".

Russia previously vetoed six similar resolutions.

According to Turkey’s foreign minister more than 20,000 people have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo in total and 4,500 have left since early Monday morning.

Sweden is set to take over the Security Council chair in January.

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