All civilians in this besieged city need safe passage out. We will do everything we can, but the international community must match our efforts
For the past four years, we the Syria civil defence (or White Helmets), have saved thousands of lives in Aleppo. In the last few days we can no longer even count the dead. We have been asking for a safe passage for all civilians, and on Tuesday we heard that a deal had been agreed. People waited all night in the streets with the rain falling for this evacuation, but today they are being shelled once again and it is that are raining down.
About 100,000 civilians are trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo in a rapidly shrinking space – less than a few square kilometres. On Tuesday, they went through hell – people were shot on sight and hundreds of children were trapped in the crossfire. Hundreds of people remain crammed into small spaces, meaning any new direct strike will hit dozens if not hundreds of people. Bodies are lying on the ground where they have fallen or trapped under the rubble. Civilians have been sheltering underground for days. Without a safe passage, death or detention seem to be the only way out of this nightmare.