"Crucial" day for thousands fleeing Syria's Aleppo, says UN Envoy

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Photo: UN Photo/ Elma Okic

A "race against the clock” has started to help thousands of people leaving Syria's Aleppo city, the UN said Thursday, amid a call from UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that now is the time to push for new talks to bring an end to the conflict.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Mr de Mistura made reference to the "renewed unity" of the UN Security Council, which this week voted unanimously in support of sending international monitors to oversee evacuations in the war-torn city.

The UN negotiator also called for humanitarian access to be guaranteed to Idlib – one of the destinations of the evacuees – where he warned that there is a risk of a repeat of what happened in Aleppo.

Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva:

Duration: 2’24″

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