31 Dec '17, 3pm

Syria: Hundreds left behind in evacuations near Damascus - Middle East - Stripes

Syria: Hundreds left behind in evacuations near Damascus - Middle East - Stripes

BEIRUT — More than 400 patients on a U.N. list waiting for evacuations from a siege in Syria were left behind on Friday as the Red Cross said it had finished transferring just 29 people and their families to Damascus for medical care. It took the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent three days to evacuate the patients and their family members from the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus to hospitals just minutes away, underscoring the degree to which authorities have obstructed basic relief work in the war-torn country. The U.N. submitted a list of names to the government six months ago of patients requiring evacuation from the government's siege of the suburbs of its own capital because they were suffering from war wounds, kidney failure, and malnutrition. In November, U.N. humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said the list had reached 494 ...

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