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Elke Heller
Their bodies are here, but their minds are in Idlib, Aleppo, Homs–it's very difficult. When you go deeper, you hear about brothers who disappeared, mothers without medicine. They are here, they are in peace, yes, and the birds are singing, but they don't hear the birds.feedback
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NEW Jul 26 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Aleppo. You'll find 587 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Aleppo are: Jan Egeland, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Zakaria Malahifji. Jan Egeland specifically said: “They seem to follow a military logic, they do not seem to put the civilians at the heart of the agreement.”.
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All quotes about Aleppo

Hans Hack

For me it's hard to understand in the news what it means, how strongly Aleppo was destroyed. I wanted to take this information and project it onto something I know personally that I can have some reference to. So I chose Berlin and London. I'm reluctant to draw parallels with history because I don't think you can directly compare the way people have suffered. But I can imagine those who remember what it was like then (World War Two) don't need a map like this.feedback

Thomas S. Kaplan

My dream exhibition is the one we're going to have at Abu Dhabi Louvre, right down the road from Palmyra, Aleppo, Mosul. We're dedicated to showing the common narrative the universal culture of mankind. It's the perfect symbolic riposte to what is happening in that region.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

I'm extremely happy that my picture is famous around the world, and at the same time I feel extremely sad when I think of the man's pain. They remind me of the protesters in Syria. Except that in Syria, we are scared of the police. Here, these protesters are the ones who are violent.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

I'm used to taking this kind of picture because the situation in Syria was difficult.feedback

Zakaria Abdelkafi

We could show how people lived. I was protesting and taking pictures at the same time to show the world that we are against the regime.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Besiegement should end by being lifted, not by places being emptied from people.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

They seem to follow a military logic, they do not seem to put the civilians at the heart of the agreement.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

We add our voice to the condemnation of the attack near Rashideen near western rural Aleppo Governorate that hit a convoy carrying people from the besieged Syrian towns of Fuha and Kefraya to government-controlled areas, killing dozens of people. It is an attack which likely amounts to a war crime. While at this stage unable to confirm how the attack was carried out or those responsible, footage seen by the UN Human Rights Office showed children gathering around a person giving out sweets just prior to the explosion.feedback

Maysa al-Aswad

Hadi was on my lap and Narjis on a chair next to me. When the explosion happened I hugged them both and we fell to the floor. I didn't know what was happening, all I could hear was people crying and shouting. All I can think about is how we survived all the death during the last few years and then could have died just after we finally escaped.feedback

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People often ask me if, as the first woman on the Supreme Court, I had any special preferences for my robe. But honestly, I took whatever was available and put it on.feedback

Ahmed Afandar

The people are restless and the situation is disastrous. All these thousands of people are stuck in less than half a kilometer (500 yards). We are not moving forward or backward.feedback

Ahmed Afandar

The people are restless and the situation is disastrous. All these thousands of people are stuck in less than half a kilometre. We are not moving forward or backward.feedback

Muhammad Darwish

We've moved. We're at the outskirts of the towns. I can't stay. It's more dangerous for a doctor than it is for a fighter to stay.feedback

Aron Lund

They are dealing with the eastern Ghouta enclave last, because it is much larger than all the other enclaves. It is bigger, more populated, and better defended than Eastern Aleppo was.feedback

Angela Sarafyan

My great-great-grandparents fled to Syria, Aleppo to survive and to start a family and today, people from Syria, Aleppo leave to other places so they can live.feedback

Christine Pride - Simon & Schuster

Like so many others, I was completely captivated by Bana's tweets from Syria, which were harrowing and heartbreaking and put a human face to this terrible quagmire. Recalling iconic young heroines such as Malala Yousafzai, Bana's experiences and message transcend the headlines and pierce through the political noise and debates to remind us of the human cost of war and displacement.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

Donald Trump’s military action will have been for nothing if humanitarian and diplomatic steps aren’t now taken, to help the millions of desperate Syrians. The US airstrikes to neutralise President Assad’s ability to conduct chemical attacks – like those we saw in Idlib this week, Aleppo before Christmas and East Ghouta last August – are most welcome. But they will be entirely counterproductive, if they are not rapidly followed by concerted UN action.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The dig against liberals is that they love humanity but hate people. President Trump, on the other hand, hates humanity but loves people. One on one he charms, seeking approval and love. More important, when presented with individual human cases of suffering, his amoral, inhumane stances seem to melt.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Everybody agrees, including the Russians, that the situation there is very dire, and that a special ... agreement is needed for Eastern Ghouta. Nobody wants another eastern Aleppo to be happening on our watch. We should learn from the horrific inability to help civilians there, and I am still hopeful that we will have arrangements for the 400,000 people in the Eastern Ghouta besieged areas. A war where children suffocate to death because of toxic chemicals is a very, very dirty war.feedback

Vladimir Safronkov - UN

Their use was confirmed last year by Russia and military experts. The symptoms of those affected in Khan Sheikhoun were the same as those by people who were affected last year in Aleppo.feedback

Christos Stylianides

Humanitarian access is at a new low due to continued deliberate obstruction by all parties to the conflict. You remember east Aleppo, where no aid could enter for months despite our collective calls. More Aleppos are everywhere in Syria.feedback

Marianne Mousalli

Today most of what we see on TV is focused on the idea of a war in Syria. We often forget that there are people who still live there, and that they have stories to tell. It's not that people don't care, but they see a big war, they don't see individuals.feedback

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

We can now confirm that 33 people were killed, and they were displaced civilians from Raqqa, Aleppo and Homs. They're still pulling bodies out of the rubble until now. Only two people were pulled out alive.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

We struck a meeting of senior al Qaeda terrorists, some of these were likely high value individuals, we're currently assessing that.feedback

Rami Abdel Rahman - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

The raids by unidentified warplanes targeted a mosque in Aleppo province during evening prayers, killing 42 people, most of them civilians, . More than 100 people were wounded.feedback

Mohammed Mohiedin Anis

'When one of my cars is shelled, it's like I or one of my relatives has been hit,'. 'Nothing will stop me from rebuilding, from living again,'. 'It's here I was born, and here I will die.'. 'Yes, of course. I will show you,'. 'Wait! I cannot listen to music before lighting my pipe.'.feedback

Joseph Eid

He was a wealthy man. He speaks five languages. He studied medicine, went to Italy and had a lipstick enterprise. Amid the rubble, we saw his cars destroyed and his house partially collapsed. And a big, huge, green gate. We knocked on it. We saw all the antiques and all the collections, and all that he had. He said: 'Nothing will stop me from rebuilding, from living again. It's here I was born, and here I will die.feedback

Joseph Eid

I don't push the shutter without knowing I'm taking a picture that moves me from inside.feedback

Joseph Eid

He told us he likes classical music. This man is sitting in here, in his bedroom where he's still sleeping, without windows, without a door. The wall is going to collapse I don't know when. And he's listening to music. He's smoking his pipe. I think people got bored from the violence. From the war. They turned their head when they turned on any news of killings. … This image, I think, it speaks to the situation of the human being.feedback

Omar Osse

There is a clear coordination between the Syrian army and Kurdish forces. Any presence of U.S. forces or other forces on the Syrian land, without coordination with the Syrian state, is considered a flagrant violation of the Syrian sovereignty.feedback

Saeed Sheikh

Our cause is now lost. Without Turkey and Qatar, we are nowhere. And the reality is it has been like that since before (the fall of) Aleppo.feedback

Carla del Ponte

What we have seen here in Syria, I never saw that in Rwanda, or in former Yugoslavia, in the Balkans. It is really a big tragedy. Unfortunately we have no tribunal.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict. Much of Aleppo, once Syria's biggest city and its commercial and culture center and a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been reduced to rubble. This represents - and we have said this in the past - a worrying pattern that has occurred in other areas of the country including Deraa and Moadamiya.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

We have established very clearly in the report that the Syrian air force is responsible for these attacks, we don't have any evidence linking Russia to those attacks with forbidden chemical weapons.feedback

Paulo Pinheiro

For months, the Syrian and Russian air forces relentlessly bombarded eastern Aleppo city as part of a strategy to force surrender. The deliberate targeting of civilians has resulted in the immense loss of human life, including hundreds of children.feedback

Ole Solvang - Human Rights Watch

This is a strong indication that these chlorine attacks were coordinated with the overall military strategy. And it is a strong indication then that senior military officers, the commanders of this military offensive in Aleppo, knew that chlorine was being used.feedback

Feras al-Shehabi

Our situation is very similar to Berlin in 1946 or Tokyo in 1946. So you have a destroyed city.feedback

Khaldoun Souccar

This factory was built by my father and grandfather, but I'm thinking of stopping with this and starting again with a smaller project.feedback

Heyam Batash

We hope life can get back to what it was before. I've been living in this house for 25 years. Thank God we have a place to stay. This is my home.feedback

Martin Heinrich

Right now, when we are trying to hold Russia accountable for its illegal aggression in Eastern Europe, for its war crimes in Aleppo, and its interference in our own nations election. How on earth can we trust someone with such a cozy relationship with the Putin government to be our secretary of state?feedback

Firas Al-Ahmad

We are playing on our ground in front of our audiences in Aleppo. We suffered from the difficulties of travelling which affected us. It is our right to play in Aleppo. We play better in Aleppo. We want to make Aleppo's name high.feedback

Abdul-Hamid Khatib

It was so dangerous and our kids were terrified so we could not tolerate it anymore. We used to tell the gunmen to move away from here but they would not listen to us.feedback

Marco Rubio

Let me describe the situation in Aleppo [Syria], and perhaps that will help you reach that conclusion. In Aleppo, Mr. Putin has directed his military to conduct a devastating campaign.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

If they want to discuss this point [Assad's presidency], they have to discuss the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government or the president or by the opposition; it should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a referendum for every constitution.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

There's no limit to negotiations. But who is going to be there from the other side, we don't know yet. ... The viability of the conference depends on that.feedback

Valery Gerasimov

The successes of the Syrian armed forces in the liberation of Aleppo have created the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the conflict. I'm confident that it will lay the basis for the political settlement of the conflict.feedback

Hassan Izzo

We left our home with great suffering. The regime has no credibility at all.feedback

Robert English

When there's a change of leadership and other interests coincide, then things can actually improve pretty quickly. The battle for Aleppo is over. We're not going to get what we wanted [in Syria], which was Bashar al-Assad removed. But there is a deal out there for a managed transition where we work with Russia instead of against Russia. And maybe then we can tackle some of the other problems.feedback

Dennis Ross

I doubt this will end the war in Syria even after Aleppo. Assad's presence will remain a source of conflict with the opposition.feedback

Samir Constantini

Aleppo is stricken, people are outside in the streets, they don't have homes.... (This) is a way for us to continue to perpetuate tradition.feedback

Hassan Harastani

In Aleppo, this type of soap was manufactured maybe 3,000 years ago.feedback

George Bakhash

The festive atmosphere is great. It's a new birth for Jesus Christ and a new birth for the city of Aleppo.feedback

Pierbattista Pizzaballa

I am happy that the war, at least the military war, in Aleppo is finished and that for the first time in Aleppo the Christians can celebrate without fear of the Christmas season. I wish that they can now reconstruct, rebuild the city, not only the infrastructure but also the common relations that was a tradition over there.feedback

Ahmad al-Dbis

It's done. The evacuation process has ended and the last bus has come out. Most are heading towards camps, or to their relatives, or shelter locations. The humanitarian situation in northern Syria is very difficult, because the area is already densely populated since it has people displaced from all over Syria.feedback

Vladimir Putin

In the next stage, an agreement on a cease-fire on the entire territory of Syria should be reached and practical talks on a political settlement should start immediately after.feedback

Sergei Shoigu

In my view we are very close to achieving an agreement on a full ceasefire across the territory of Syria.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

The process for evacuation was traumatic, with crowding, and vulnerable people waiting for hours and exposed to sub-zero temperatures.feedback

Munir al-Sayal

The numbers of civilians, their cars alongside and of course the weather are all making the evacuation slow.feedback

Karista Armstrong - International Committee of the Red Cross

The evacuation will continue for the entire day and night and most probably tomorrow (Friday).feedback

Abdel Rahman Berry

We are now exactly in front of the Citadel's entrance. These streets are very familiar. My school was nearby. Now, only part of it is left.feedback

Michael Bickel

I feel just as safe as I did before; I'm a lot more likely to die in a bike accident than in this kind of situation. All the stuff I'm reading about how we need to be afraid is nonsense. People in Aleppo have reason to be afraid.feedback

John Kerry

Unfortunately we had divisions within our own ranks that made the implementation of that extremely hard to accomplish. But I believe in it, I think it can work, could have worked.feedback

Ahmad Qara Ali

An agreement has been reached to resume the evacuation of Aleppo.feedback

Ahmad al-Dbis

People are waiting in the buses, and the buses are not heated, and it's very cold. Many of the evacuees told us they had been stopped for more than 20 hours in the cold and snow.feedback

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

We have had for several days already a monitoring mechanism. We have had people at the Ramussa crossing as you know, who've been able to observe what went on, and we do believe that this presence provide protection.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We have already treated thousands of wounded from the tragedy in Syria. I want us to find ways of bringing women, children and also men, if they are non-combatants, from Aleppo for treatment in Israeli hospitals.feedback

Fadel Rajab

God willing, and with the efforts of the shabab and the Syrian Arab army, and the leadership of President Doctor Bashar Hafez Assad, we will rebuild this country.feedback

Fadel Rajab

It's been five years since I left the area, since the terrorist groups entered and they displaced us, and now I have come back to my shop to start fixing it up. They damaged our shops, they damaged our homes, they damaged everything.feedback

Wolfango Piccoli

The attack, in the center of Ankara, will throw a wrench in the progress of a fragile Russian-Turkish rapprochement, especially as Ankara has been the main international supporter of the forces affiliated with the Free Syrian Army which have recently been forced to evacuate Aleppo.feedback

Wolfango Piccoli

Since the rapprochement with Moscow in June, Erdogan has attempted to avoid criticizing Russia directly although the pro-government media has been outspoken in its condemnation of the civilian casualties as the result of alleged Russian air strikes in Aleppo.feedback

Wolfango Piccoli

By apologizing for Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane in November 2015, President Tayyip Erdogan paved the way for the resumption of economic ties and security cooperation between the two countries.feedback

Dennis Ross

The opposition finds little reason to be responsive to us and Assad. The Russians and Iran know that there is nothing we will do to raise the costs to them of their onslaught against Aleppo and other Syrian cities. Russia, having changed the balance of power on the ground, without regard to civilian consequences, has moved to make itself an arbiter.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

We regard this as a terrorist act. Terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively. Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!feedback

Geert Cappelaere - UNICEF

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. The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria.feedback

Fatemah Alabed

Me and Bana want to tell all the world how much kids and all people in east Aleppo, how much they are suffering from bombs and everything – because there is no life there.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

They are prepared to move on short notice but the problem has always been an issue of access.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

The last terrorists in some districts of the eastern part of Aleppo are evacuating their strongholds and Aleppo this evening will be clean.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

Of course the Syrian government doesn't want more monitors. If you're doing bad things you don't want monitors around to watch you doing them.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

France calls on each side, in particular the regime and its supporters, to be responsible so that this resolution is implemented without delay and a lasting ceasefire is put in place across the country.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

But there could be another thing which could be adopted today by the Security Council which would accomplish the same goals.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

We cannot support it, we cannot allow it to pass because it is a disaster.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

If it is a sensible initiative and we see it on paper, why not entertain this initiative?feedback

Ingy Sedky

Our team, with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, is on standby. We hope to resume evacuations as soon as possible.feedback

Rami Zien

Government forces are just ahead of me and if anything goes wrong I'll be the first to die.feedback

Avner Shalev

The global community must put a stop to these atrocities and avert further suffering as well as provide humanitarian assistance to the victims seeking safe haven.feedback

Munir al-Sayal

Russia has failed to restrain the sectarian Shi'ite militias in Aleppo to complete the deal and Moscow should abide by its commitments. There are still civilians in Aleppo who need to be evacuated in harsh weather conditions and Russian statements that besieged Aleppo is empty is absolving itself from following up on the agreement.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience. Aleppo is now a synonym for hell. As I told the Security Council ... we have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

It takes weeks to deploy observers. They need to be trained people who know what they're doing, what they are monitoring and how those things need to be monitored - to imagine that you can do it within two or three days is really unrealistic.feedback

Marianne Gasser

We're ready to resume facilitating the evacuation according to our humanitarian mandate. But we now expect all the parties on the ground to provide us with solid guarantees in order to keep the operation going. They're the ones who have to protect the people and provide safe passage. We cannot abandon these people.feedback

Munir al-Sayal

These sectarian militias are responsible but we warn them the safety of our people in Aleppo is the priority and all options are open towards achieving that goal.feedback

Munir al-Sayal

Iran and its sectarian proxies are using the humanitarian situation of our people in besieged Aleppo and preventing civilians from leaving until the evacuation of their groups in al-Foua and Kefyra.feedback

Hadi Abdullah

The 8th convoy was supposed to arrive this afternoon in the western part of Aleppo province, (controlled by the opposition), where I am.feedback

Hadi Abdullah

The civilians who left Aleppo were crying for having to leave their city in these conditions.feedback

Barack Obama

For years, we've worked to stop the civil war in Syria and alleviate human suffering. It has been one of the hardest issues that I've faced as president. Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The next step (after Aleppo) will be to reach agreement on a complete ceasefire across all of Syria. We are actively negotiating with members of the armed opposition, with the mediation of Turkey.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

There were fewer evacuations – only six convoys left the city. And answering the question 'are civilians evacuated?' Yes at this point only civilians have been evacuated.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

I want to confirm that what is happening today is history that is being written by every Syrian civilian. Its writing did not start today. It started about six years ago when the crisis and the war on Syria began.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Everything that is happening in Palmyra is the result of uncoordinated action. I've already said many times that to be effective in the battle against terrorism we need to unite our efforts. The question of Palmyra is purely symbolic. Aleppo is much more important from a military-political point of view.feedback

Kerem Kinik - Turkish Red Crescent

We are here to assist the evacuations from east Aleppo. We are working with the Syrian Red Crescent. Our friends are particularly working to transfer the wounded. We made preparations, both in Turkey and Idlib. Hospitals are prepared.feedback

Pawel Krzysiek

This is what the people are going through with their families, their relatives. This is really something very personal for them. I have seen sadness. I have seen really sadness in the people eyes. Heartbreaking sadness, broken lives, heartbreaking stories.feedback

Pawel Krzysiek

It's the people leaving their house behind, their lives behind. It is very often they are facing impossible choices and this all occurs at the very individual level and it is difficult to compare with anything else.feedback

James Franey - Euronews

After one year of Syria peace talks backed by the US and Russia, the fall of Aleppo has shown the failure of that diplomatic effort. Time is running out for the Obama administration and its European allies to broker a solution. In just over four weeks there'll be a new president in the White House. And one who appears to be far friendlier toward Moscow than the current tenant.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran, we are not as effective as we would like to be but we are not indifferent to the suffering of the Syrian people. We will exert pressure on other global players who are present in Syria using all available diplomatic channels.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

It took 4,000 years to build Aleppo -- hundreds of generations. One generation managed to tear it down in four years.feedback

John Kerry

The Assad regime is actually carrying out nothing short of a massacre. And we have witnessed indiscriminate slaughter, not accidents of war, not collateral damage, but frankly purposeful, a cynical policy of terrorizing civilians.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If necessary, we will take some part of those who have left and bring them to Turkey, children, the elderly, those who are really in difficult conditions and place them in camps and houses, if they are available. We will provide them with a peaceful environment.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

Damascus has more than once confirmed its readiness to take part in these negotiations.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Among those desperate to be evacuated are a group of orphans and unaccompanied children.feedback

Elizabeth Hoff

I assume the message (to abort the operation) came from the Russians who are monitoring the area.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

After liberating Aleppo we can say not only the Syrian situation, but also the regional and international situation is different. Here time became history. Aleppo converted time into history.feedback

Maram Hims

By participating in the creation of the calendar I wanted to say thank you to those who protect my family and loved ones, who are now in my home town of Aleppo. How can I thank the Russian military?feedback

Hagi Hassan - Brita

The idea of international law has been killed in Aleppo. It has been killed in Syria… because of the desperate silence of the international community in the face of this crime.feedback

Hagi Hassan - Brita

We are not waiting for press communiques and declarations, or meetings for the organization of other meetings. We want action.feedback

Gulnur Aybet

The situation in Syria has morphed into one reality and then another since 2011 and all regional actors ... have muddled through, trying to adjust to new realities. In this respect, Turkey is no exception. Turkey's priorities with regards to the war in Syria now and for the foreseeable future are two pronged: national security and humanitarian relief.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We feel all strongly that the history of Aleppo through this war will be a black chapter in the history of international relations.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The agreement was there, the buses were in place, the first convoy had set off and was then reportedly blocked by pro-Government militia. This is inexcusable.feedback

George Sabra

Aleppo is an important place for the revolution but it's not the last place.feedback

George Sabra

Nobody can think about peaceful solutions in these circumstances.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

I am afraid for what may come when this operation is over, both for the people of Idlib and all of the other areas that are still contested and where there are hundreds of thousands displaced in the middle of a war zone.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

It's a three-pronged evacuation – of wounded and sick, of vulnerable civilians, and evacuation of fighters. All in all it surely must be well over 1,000, it could be in the thousands.feedback

Ali Haider

We have only one goal – that's to ensure the safety of civilians, not the armed militants. Our final goal is to ensure that they can withdraw safely and we will try our best to protect them.feedback

Francois Hollande

The condition for all this to happen is a ceasefire and it's what the European Council must demand: a ceasefire and the evacuation of all the civilians and eventually a political negotiation. Europe must make its voice heard.feedback

Avigdor Lieberman

Working "to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.feedback

Chadi Homedan

(The objective) is to provide supplies to the hospitals to face the increased demand from the people who will arrive.feedback

Asaad Zoubi

I would like and I request for there to be an increase in support. The present situation requires additional support.feedback

Veysi Kaynak

The 20 buses taking evacuees from Aleppo towards Idlib... have arrived in a safe region under the control of the Free Syrian Army.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

We are now receiving information from the Russians that they would indeed want us to participate in the evacuation,. But confirmation only seems to come now, this morning, which is very late, because it is already ongoing and there have already been security incidences.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Thousands of people are in need of evacuation, but the first and most urgent thing is wounded, sick and children, including orphans. I am really hopeful because it's long, long overdue.feedback

Andreas Dalsgaard

I see pictures from Aleppo, and everyone from around the world sees pictures of Aleppo, but there's no human connection. It destroys our senses. And only when we start understanding each other, and connect deeper on a human level, can our senses come alive.feedback

Mohammed Abu Jaafar

People have left their shelters .... to be ready for the evacuation. I can't describe it. Since the morning, they started to target the areas where people have gathered. ... These people were walking to the crossings designated for exit.feedback

Hanan al Salem

They forbade us everything. There is no milk, there is no cooking, there is no meat, neither are there any lemons. They forbade us everything.feedback

Abdul Salam Abdul Razak

An agreement has been reached and within the coming hours its implementation will begin.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this [evacuation deal]. There are Russia, Iran and groups supported by Iran and the Syrian regime. Nobody should put the blame on others when dealing with a humanitarian issue.feedback

Bulent Yildirim

Everywhere in the world, people watch this massacre... The Geneva convention, international law is not working. They have no meaning.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

There was an understanding as of yesterday, and within that was first the evacuation of civilians ... We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this. We are continuing our meetings. We will speak with (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and the Iranian foreign minister again today.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Not even a few hours had passed since the agreement was reached that the regime forces broke the cease-fire and once again started to attack civilians. Assad's regime is clearly committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Aleppo. Everybody needs to see this reality, including those who give him support.feedback

Osama Abu Zayd

It is clear that the Russians can't get Iran to abide by the deal.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The priority now, in these hours, is to protect civilians, guarantee them safe and monitored transit to a place of safety. This is particularly the responsibility of the Syrian government and its allies.feedback

Ibrahim al-Haj

The bombardment is scarcely to be believed on the eastern neighbourhoods and until now 40 people have been wounded. They are using all forms of weapons.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Aleppo has been liberated from terrorists and those who toyed with terrorism. Aleppo has returned to the nation.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran -- three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo -- you bear responsibility for these atrocities.feedback

Boris Johnson

I have information from Aleppo today, as I'm sure many the right honourable members do themselves, it is today the Russians, who are blocking the evacuation, not just of the injured but of the medical staff from leaving the zones which they themselves, the very zones which they themselves are attacking.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

It is your noose – three member states of the U.N. – contributing to a noose around civilians. It should shame you. Instead by all appearances it is emboldening you. You are plotting your next assault. Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?feedback

Rami Abdulrahman

In exchange for this large numbers of evacuees, they want something in return.feedback

Mahmoud Bitar

They thought they were going to get out, but the militias stopped the ambulances at the checkpoints. Now they have nowhere to stay because the area is overwhelmed with people.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Hostilities end only in the areas where terrorists say they are ready to surrender or leave.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We see now that the regime and other groups are trying to obstruct this (deal). This includes Russia, Iran, forces supported by Iran and the regime.feedback

Hossein Salami

The course of events in Aleppo in the last few months ... has turned the tide in Syria's war in favour of the Syrian government and resistance movement.feedback

Mahmoud Raslan

They began to strike as if there's no such thing as a 'cease-fire' or 'civilian evacuation'. They've announced they are going to kill us all.feedback

Andreas Dalsgaard

I hope the rest of the world can see the film and have a deeper understanding of what a Syrian leaving their country is forced to leave: what is it that they carry inside, and what was the experience emotionally that they are dealing with.feedback

Rami Abdulrahman

The sound of an explosion was heard in areas controlled by (rebel) factions ... it is believed to have been caused by a artillery shell fired by regime forces on the area.feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later – Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica and now Aleppo.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

The Syrian government has established control over eastern Aleppo.feedback

Hagi Hassan - Brita

It's not the best solution, ... it's the least worst. At the moment it's just words and still needs to be implemented.feedback

Zakaria Malahifji

There's (currently) a cessation of bombardments. Now ... a ceasefire is being discussed, so tonight ... a ceasefire should happen.feedback

Vitaly Churkin

The latest information that we have received during the past hour or so is that military operations in eastern Aleppo have concluded. So, there is no issue of any ceasefire or special humanitarian operations. The Syrian government has regained control of the eastern Aleppo, so the stage of practical humanitarian actions begins.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

In recent days and hours, we appear to be witnessing nothing less than an all-out effort by the Syrian government and its allies to end the country's internal conflict through a total, uncompromising military victory.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We hear the calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities. The Russian side wants to do that only when the corridors are established.feedback

Marianne Gasser

In order for this to happen, we appeal to the parties to put humanity ahead of military objectives. We stand ready to oversee the implementation of any mutual agreement that puts civilians first. We cannot urge this strongly enough: this must happen now.feedback

Salah Ashkar

This is an urgent call. Go to the UN headquarters and block the way. Please don't let them sleep. Do that now. There is no minute to spare.feedback

Salah Ashkar

We are still here under siege. There are a lot of children, and people, helpless. The world has to act now, please… please.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

In all as of yesterday evening we have received reports of pro-government forces killing at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children, in four different neighbourhoods. The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We are tired of hearing this whining from our American colleagues in the current administration that we need to immediately halt military action.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

Civilians have paid a brutal price during this conflict, and we are filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner of opposition-held eastern Aleppo. Yesterday evening, we received further deeply disturbing reports that numerous bodies were lying in the streets, that residents were unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and their fear of being shot on sight.feedback

Abu Ali Saqour

Any state with power in its hands must take a decision as soon as possible to evacuate these people.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The backers of the regime, starting with Russia, cannot allow this logic of vengeance and terror without taking the risk of being complicit. I call on the United Nations to use without delay all the mechanisms to establish the truth of what is happening in Aleppo so that the international community does not let these crimes remain unpunished.feedback

Abu Ali Saqour

My message is that they must take a decision to save these people who are stuck here, these civilians, these children.feedback

Abu Ali Saqour

No state has helped this people in any way, my message to the world is to get these people out of this disaster-stricken city, at least the civilians.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I don't believe any more in the U.N., don't believe any more in the international community. Russia doesn't want us to go out alive, they wants us dead. Assad is the same.feedback

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I'm waiting for death or captivity by the Assad regime. To die victorious on earth dust is better than despair … please forgive me and pray for forgiveness and remember me well.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

This "makes one think that – and I really hope to be wrong here -- that it was orchestrated and coordinated to give a respite to those thugs, who are entrenched in eastern Aleppo.feedback

John Kirby

Rather than accepting the US proposal for an immediate cessation, the Russians informed us that a cessation could not start for several days, meaning that the assault by the regime and its supporters on Aleppo would continue until any agreement would go into effect. Given the dire situation in Aleppo, with the reports of continued attacks on civilians and infrastructure, this was simply not acceptable.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We say, keeping in mind our previous experience, when the militants used any break to regroup and receive reinforcements from abroad and terrorise the peaceful population even more fiercely, let us initially agree on which corridors will be created. We can agree on that with the Americans very quickly.feedback

Abu Malek al-Shamali

People are saying the troops have lists of families of fighters and are asking them if they had sons with the terrorists. (They are) then either left or shot and left to die.feedback

Karista Armstrong - International Committee of the Red Cross

At the moment, the different parties are still discussing the details of this agreement and how it will be implemented. We hope it will materialise and - most importantly - that it will take into consideration the interests of the civilians.feedback

Karista Armstrong - International Committee of the Red Cross

If the basic humanitarian principles are met, and if the parties are all in favour, we stand ready to act as a neutral humanitarian intermediary and to assist civilians who are in need. We are therefore preparing contingency plans, so we can be able to act fast, if needed.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes. We're filled with the deepest foreboding for those who remain in this last hellish corner.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

The situation is very, very bad. The civil defence has stopped operating in the city.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Our American colleagues do, so to speak, agree with that, and from Dec. 3 when we met John Kerry in Rome they supported such a concept and even gave us their approval on paper. But after three days they revoked that agreement and returned to their old, dead-end position which comprises this: Before the agreement on corridors there has to be a truce … as I understand, this would just mean the rebels would get a break.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The Secretary-General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties. He has instructed his Special Envoy for Syria to follow up urgently with the parties concerned.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

The Gov'ts of Syria & Russia are accountable for any and all atrocities that the victorious militias in Aleppo are now committing!feedback

George Mitchell

We should work with them where we can, but it is clear that in the Syria discussions they've been dragging their feet, enabling [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] to regain control of Aleppo.feedback

Abu Amer Iqab

People run from one shelling to another to escape death and just to save their souls. ... It's doomsday in Aleppo, yes doomsday in Aleppo.feedback

Mark Toner

During their discussions, Department officials stressed the U.S.' unwavering commitment to a de-escalation of violence, the safe departure of Aleppo for all who want to leave, delivery of critical humanitarian aid and future inta-Syrian talks for a political solution to the crisis.feedback

Ammar al Selmo

There are more than 100 corpses and others who could be still alive under the rubble whom no one is able to get to.feedback

Jens Laerke - U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The reports we had are of people being shot in the street trying to flee and shot in their homes.feedback

Rami Abdulrahman

I don't think the regime would withdraw forces from Aleppo to Palmyra and risk losing Aleppo. I think the regime's priority now is to finish the battle for Aleppo before the end of the month for sure. As for Palmyra, the whole international community would stand by it against [the Islamic State].feedback

Abdulkafi Alhamdo

Why is this silence? People are being eliminated. The last (message). Thanks for Everything. We shared many moments. The last tweets were from an emotional father. Farewell #Aleppo.feedback

Abdulkafi Alhamdo

The government forces are at the end of the street. Forgive us.feedback

Rami Abdulrahman

This pushes us to fight to the last breath despite what we have to face.feedback

Riad Hijab

If Assad and his allies think that a military advance in certain quarters of Aleppo will signify that we will make concessions, then (I say) that will not happen. We will not make any concessions.feedback

Ibrahim al-Haj

The situation is very, very critical. The military took many areas and we are now squeezed.feedback

John Kerry

It's been no secret to anyone involved in this ... if Aleppo were to fall ... the war does not end. It may even create more jihadists and more people who are more committed to seek revenge and try to continue to prosecute their interests.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

What peace do they want? The peace of cemeteries? Negotiations must start again, the opposition is ready to negotiate without preconditions.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The battle for Aleppo is not aiming to defeat terrorism but to try to eradicate all political opposition, and they aim above all to use violence to shore up a dictator who is scorned.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We haven't abandoned Aleppo, and we haven't given up and we're going to do whatever we can to find solutions.feedback

John Kerry

They have an ability to able to show a little bit of grace. And sometimes in diplomacy a little grace goes a long way.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The first thing we must do in Aleppo and across all of Syria is stop the fighting, the bombardments and allow access for humanitarian aid.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

The goal is to liquidate the opposition, much more than to fight the Al-Nusra Front, like we are.feedback

Igor Konashenkov

93% of the city of Aleppo is today under the control of the Syrian authorities. We appeal to those who, over the last few months, have said they are ready to send humanitarian aid to Aleppo.feedback

John Kerry

Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed. The choice for many of them ... is to die in Aleppo, die in (neighbouring) Idlib, but die.feedback

Ziad Mohammed

Bombing is truly round the clock. There are no hospitals, the remnants of the dead fill the streets, and the wounded have to fend for themselves.feedback

John Kerry

Fighters ... don't trust that if they agreed to leave to try to save Aleppo that it will save Aleppo and they will be unharmed and free to move where they are not immediately attacked. Russia and Assad have a moment where they are in a dominant position to show a little grace.feedback

Mohammed Shaaban

A year and a half ago when I last visited there was not this level of damage. I'm shocked and saddened. They destroyed civilisation and humanity.feedback

Igor Konashenkov

People are leaving through humanitarian corridors in a continuous flow into the part of the city that is controlled by the Syrian government. A large part of Aleppo - 93 percent - is today controlled by the Syrian government.feedback

Osama Abu Zayd

More than 30 per cent of east Aleppo is controlled by us.feedback

Mark Toner

We saw, I think, a brief pause yesterday, but all too brief. There's been no consistent pause in the fighting that we have seen.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Combat operations by the Syrian army in east Aleppo have been suspended because the largest operation of evacuation of civilians from east Aleppo is being carried out. A column of about 8 thousand people, it is a tremendous operation.feedback

Ziad Mohammed

If staying here means dying here, then standing by my principles will have been enough.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

The member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the crossfire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria. Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organize the evacuations, but they are not promising any pause (in fighting).feedback

Osama Abu Zayd

More than thirty per cent of east Aleppo is controlled by us.feedback

Mohammed Abu Jaafar

Aleppo is finished. There is nothing left except a few residents and bricks. This may be my last call.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

An agreement has been reached to hold a meeting on Saturday in Geneva between our military experts and diplomats, in order to finalise the work that has somewhat sporadically continued over all these days on a document that would determine ways and means of reaching a final solution for the eastern Aleppo problem, by ensuring the withdrawal of all militants as well as civilians who would want to leave.feedback

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

I myself have expressed horror at the idea that by Christmas we would have the final part of the so-called battle for Aleppo that could have ended up in massive destruction – no Aleppo left – and 200,000 refugees streaming toward Turkey.feedback

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

How many more battles do we need before finally people sit around the table.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

Civilians are being used as pawns and prevented from leaving, in blatant violation of the obligation to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians from the effects of attack. The war crime of hostage taking is also possibly being committed.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

That is why we hear wailing and screaming and pleas for truces as the only political discourse now.feedback

Tawfik Chamaa

All the achievements of humanity to uphold these conventions and other principles to protect civilians, hospitals and medical staff have been violated every day in Syria for five years. I think what is happening now is shameful for the whole of humanity.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Aleppo will completely change the course of the battle in all of Syria. The battle of Aleppo will be a gain, but ... it doesn't mean the end of the war in Syria. It is a significant landmark towards the end of the battle, but the war in Syria will not end until terrorism is eliminated. Terrorists are there in other areas, so even if we finish in Aleppo, we will carry on with the war against them.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

The events taking place in Aleppo are of serious concern to all of us.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

The decision to liberate all of Syria is taken and Aleppo is part of it.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

Liberating Aleppo from the terrorists deals a blow to the whole foundation of this project. To be realistic, it doesn't mean the end of the war.feedback

Jan Egeland - United Nations

Russia said they will definitely be discussing with us how to organise the evacuations, but they are not any more promising any pause (in fighting).feedback

Bashar al-Assad

It's true that Aleppo will be a win for us, but let's be realistic – it won't mean the end of the war in Syria. But it will be a huge step towards this end. Terrorists are present elsewhere. Even if we finish with Aleppo, we will continue our war against them.feedback

Marianne Gasser

These patients and civilians had been trapped in the area for days because of heavy clashes nearby and as the front line kept drawing closer.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

We are close to reaching an understanding, but I want to warn against high expectations.feedback

Abu Mahmoud

We've had to move three times in a week. The bombing was intense - mortar shells, rockets, phosphorus.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The situation in Aleppo is very, very difficult. It is a humanitarian catastrophe. The main reason is the renewed offensive by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia.feedback

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