Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday that his country was working with Russia to evacuate some 500 people from the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta in Syria.
“There are around 500 people, including 170 children and women who need urgent humanitarian aid,” Erdogan said ahead of his departure on an official visit to Sudan.
He revealed that he had discussed this issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ankara aimed to bring people in need of assistance to Turkey to provide treatment and care.
The Russian and Turkish chiefs of staff would discuss the steps to be taken in operations that would also involve the Turkish Red Crescent and Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Organization (AFAD), Erdogan said.
In November, the UN humanitarian adviser for Syria called the situation in eastern Ghouta a humanitarian emergency.