Thousands await evacuation in Aleppo as negotiators trade barbs

Thousands await evacuation in Aleppo as negotiators trade barbs

Thousands of civilians and rebels trapped in eastern Aleppo awaited evacuation Saturday as negotiators bickered over a deal that would see quid pro quo evacuations from rebel and government-controlled areas. Confusion reigned on the ground Saturday as civilians and rebels waited for evacuations to resume as representatives of rebel groups and the Syrian government tried […]

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

The evacuation of civilians and fighters from east Aleppo was halted on Friday after sporadic reports of violence. Speaking to FRANCE 24, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura said the world must focus on avoiding a “final battle” for Aleppo. A World Health Organization official in the war-ravaged Syrian city said the evacuation […]

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

A new agreement has been reached for the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from the last pocket of territory they control in Aleppo, Syrian regime and rebel sources said Thursday, a day after a previous agreement fell through. A senior Syrian military source told AFP: “A deal has been reached for rebels to leave, […]

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fierce fighting resumed in Aleppo on Wednesday amid conflicting reports as to why a planned evacuation of the Syrian city’s last rebel-held districts was put on hold. Rebel fighters and civilians had been preparing to evacuate eastern Aleppo under a ceasefire deal aimed at ending more than four years of clashes in the city. But […]

New Zealand begins evacuation of quake-hit town

New Zealand begins evacuation of quake-hit town

New Zealand on Tuesday began a rescue operation involving hundreds of tourists and residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake cut off train and vehicle access. The defense force said it had started ferrying people out by military helicopter and that a navy ship from Auckland was due […]

Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Several fires burned inside the Calais ‘Jungle’ Tuesday evening one day after French authorities began a major operation to relocate migrants and demolish the notorious shantytown. More than 30 fires had been contained by early morning Wednesday, though several dozen shacks continued to smoulder. A Syrian man was taken to hospital with injuries to his […]

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria’s Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian government’s Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and […]