Security Council urged to "save civilians and spare" Aleppo City

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Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, briefs journalists at the Security Council stakeout following Security Council consultations on the situation in Syria. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

"Put humanity first, save civilians and spare the city of Aleppo", the UN Special Envoy for Syria urged the Security Council on Thursday.

Staffan de Mistura made the appeal during a closed-door meeting on the Middle East and Syria.

Council members also heard that Syria's army has suspended its military offensive in eastern Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians trapped in the battle zone.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

An estimated 8,000 people are to be moved out of eastern Aleppo, following a temporary halt of "active combat" operations in the area as announced by Russia.

According to media reports, Syrian government forces have retaken the majority of the territory from the armed opposition.

Here's the UN Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura.

"Priority now should be how to make sure that the Syrian Aleppo people in particular, are met in the best way, are actually assisted and when they decide to voluntarily move are provided protection and shelter and humanitarian aid."

De Mistura also raised the issue of a possible "voluntary withdrawal of all fighters and armed opposition in eastern Aleppo" and not just the Al Nusra terrorist group.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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