Russia has proposed setting up four humanitarian corridors to eastern Aleppo to allow in aid as well as hundreds of desperately needed medical evacuations, the United Nation said Thursday.
“The Russian Federation announced that… they want to sit down in Aleppo with our people there to discuss how we can use the four corridors to evacuate people out,” Jan Egeland, head of the UN-backed humanitarian taskforce for Syria, told reporters in Geneva.
“We have at least 400 wounded that need immediate medical evacuation,” Egeland said, adding that there would also be discussions on using “these corridors to get medical supplies and food in.”
His comments came as hundreds of elite Syrian troops were moving into east Aleppo Thursday ahead of a push into the most densely populated areas.
A government offensive to retake all of Aleppo has pounded the terrorist groups in the city in recent days, with the relentless barrage leaving armed groups’ strongholds strewn with the bodies of gunmen, many lying next to the suitcases they had packed to escape.
The opposition UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that more than 50,000 people have fled Aleppo’s terrorist-held districts to both government-held territory and Kurdish-controlled districts.
Egeland, who put the exodus at least 27,000, said the UN had access to all the people in both the government- and Kurdish-held areas, but still could not reach those in besieged parts of the east whom the armed groups use a human shields to protect themselves from the grip of the national military and allied forces.