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UN: 47 children leave Aleppo orphanage, some in critical shape

Image of Syrian children waiting to be evacuated in Aleppo, Syria [Aref Watad/Anadolu]
Image of Syrian children waiting to be evacuated in Aleppo, Syria [Aref Watad/Anadolu]

Nearly 50 children who were trapped in an orphanage in the opposition-held Syrian enclave of east Aleppo were evacuated today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

“This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director, said in a statement.

UNICEF and other agencies were also assisting in reunifying other children evacuated in the past few days with their families and giving them medical care and winter clothes, he said.

Convoys of evacuees travelled from the opposition-held area of Aleppo and from two besieged Shia villages today after a days-long stand-off.

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