WHO calls for safe routes to evacuate east Aleppo sick, wounded

WHO calls for safe routes to evacuate east Aleppo sick, wounded

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) had called on dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated through safe corridors for treatment.

WHO said in Geneva on Tuesday that the evacuation has become imperative because only 35 doctors remained to care for more than 250,000 people.

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib, said that WHO is calling for the immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city.

“We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people, and the number is increasing.

“Only seven hospitals remain in east Aleppo, some of them only partially functional, and civilians have no way to leave the encircled city,’’ she said.

WHO spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic, said that dozens of patients required evacuation and that local health authorities would draw up the initial list after assessment by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

He said that WHO has submitted the request for medical evacuations through the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jasarevic said that the plans are being firmed up on how and where to evacuate with options of west Aleppo and Bab al Hawa hospital in Idlib, (A major hospital along the Turkish-Syrian border).

Meanwhile, the Syrian doctors said that they were in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of some 300,000.

Dr Abd-Arrahman Alomar, of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), said at least 40 wounded people in eastern Aleppo needed to be evacuated.

He said that most wanted to be sent to rebel-held areas or abroad, not to the government-controlled western side of the city.

He said that medical officers were on standby to evacuate them safely, to the hospitals in Idlib governorate, and some of them would be evacuated to Turkey.

Jessy Chahine, spokeswoman for U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, said that all parties must carry out the evacuation operations in accordance with IHL (international humanitarian law) and protection standards.

She mentioned that one of the principles of IHL is ‘non-refoulement’, meaning that the person cannot be evacuated against their own will. 

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