UN blames all sides after Syria evacuation plan fails

Russia declared a three-day ceasefire in Aleppo, where this patient was operated on October 16, 2016, to allow evacuations for the sick and wounded, but it ended before anyone could be moved, for which the UN says all sides are to blameThe United Nations on Monday blamed all sides in Syria after it failed to secure agreement to evacuate critically injured and sick Syrians from Aleppo. UN aid agencies, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the Red Cross and other medical groups held days of negotiations to try to secure safe passage for the sick and wounded, but the effort came to a halt when fighting resumed. “It is deeply regrettable that no patients or accompanying family members could be moved,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s humanitarian aid coordinator.

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