Evacuation of civilians and rebels from east Aleppo resume amid dire conditions

State media said buses entered eastern Aleppo mid-Sunday but did not leave for many hours

BBC- Evacuations have resumed from east Aleppo, with buses and ambulances leaving rebel areas of the Syrian city.

At least 350 people reportedly left rebel enclaves late on Sunday, heading towards other rebel-held territory.

Earlier, buses sent to take people out of government-controlled areas, besieged by rebels, were set alight, halting the latest evacuation deal.

Among those to have left is seven-year-old Bana Alabed, who had tweeted about conditions in besieged areas of Aleppo.

Her departure was confirmed by the head of the Syrian-American Medical Society aid group.

Thousands more are waiting to leave east Aleppo, which is in dire conditions.

The UN Security Council is said to have agreed a compromise to allow UN monitoring of the operation. Russia earlier rejected a French-drafted plan to send UN officials to east Aleppo as “a disaster”.

“We expect to vote unanimously for this text,” said US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.

The Security Council meeting will start at 09:00 (14:00 GMT) in New York.

Initial efforts to evacuate the last rebel-held enclaves in the city collapsed on Friday, leaving civilians stranded at various points along the route out without access to food or shelter.

Bombardment of east Aleppo has left it virtually without medical facilities.

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