Syrian patients evacuated from Ghouta


Syrian state-run TV is broadcasting footage of patients being evacuated from a besieged region outside the Syrian capital, part of a negotiated deal to allow critical cases out.

Al-Ikhbariya TV showed a dozen eastern Ghouta residents, mostly women and children, exiting Wednesday through a corridor manned by Syrian soldiers.

At least two ambulances and a bus brought patients and their families. The broadcaster said 25 people were evacuated.

Mohamed Katoub, a spokesman for the Syrian American Medical Society, which oversees a number of medical facilities in eastern Ghouta, said a list of over 1000 patients requiring urgent care has been ready for two weeks.

But with eastern Ghouta split in two and areas isolated, not all the patients can access the crossing.