International aid organizations call for humanitarian corridor in Aleppo

Leading international humanitarian organizations called for the opening of secure corridors in Aleppo in order to evacuate the many wounded civilians in the city’s opposition-held eastern districts.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) have stressed that the sick and wounded should be moved from Aleppo to safe zones where they can receive urgent medical care.

Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the WHO, stated that his organization had made a medical evacuation request to the Syrian health authorities in order to facilitate the provision of medical aid either in regime-held western Aleppo or in medical facilities close to nearby Idlib.

Speaking for the ICRC, Krista Armstrong confirmed that their medical teams have been working tirelessly in eastern Aleppo to save lives, but that they lack the ability and facilities to address emergency and specialist cases.

According to the WHO, only 35 doctors remain in eastern Aleppo despite an urgent need for medical professionals. Aleppo’s medical facilities are stretched to their limits.

[Middle East Monitor]

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