Minor progress was made by Syrian government forces trying to evacuate civilians from rebel-held districts in Aleppo as dozens of residents were able to leave eastern Aleppo through 8 humanitarian corridors established with help from Russia.
A military source present inside Aleppo city confirmed to Al-Masdar News that at least 48 people were able to escape eastern Aleppo into government-held western Aleppo, on Monday, despite widespread reports of rebel fighters blocking the evacuation process and shelling the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) demilitarized evacuation checkpoints.
Photos of the evacuation can be seen here:
The numbers, although meager and relatively insignificant taken at face value, could represent the symbolic initial stage of a larger exodus of eastern Aleppo.
An estimated 200,000 civilians and 9,000 insurgents remain besieged inside rebel-held eastern Aleppo in turn making collateral damage almost inevitable in the SAA’s upcoming offensive to retake Syria’s largest city.
Meanwhile, some 1,500,000 residents live in government-held western Aleppo, a densely populated area under daily rebel mortar bombardment.