Hopes rise for evacuations from Syria's Eastern Ghouta

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UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland briefs journalists after a Humanitarian Access Task Force meeting in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

"Several countries" with influence on the Syrian conflict have said that they will do "all that they can" to ensure the evacuation of hundreds of critically ill men, women and children from a besieged opposition stronghold outside the capital Damascus, a senior UN adviser said on Thursday.

Briefing journalists in Geneva, Jan Egeland said that 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta were in the "eye of the hurricane", amid fierce clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad and rebel militia.

The development comes as United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, held parallel meetings at the UN in Geneva with delegations from the Syrian government and the opposition on the future of the war-torn country.

Daniel Johnson has more.

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