SYRIA: Truce Expires Without Evacuations

Air strikes and fighting on the ground in Aleppo resumed on 23 October, as the Russian-declared truce ended without any evacuations by the United Nations (UN). The UN had hoped to deliver aid to the city and evacuate wounded civilians out of the rebel held east portion by using eight corridors opened by the Russian Army, but few civilians were able to use the corridors. Russian officials and Syrian state media accused rebel forces of preventing greater evacuation, and UN officials stated that requisite security guarantees were not received. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon stated earlier this week that the city is expected to run out of food rations by the end of the month.

[Jake Delinger, jake.delinger.ee@gmail.com]