UN slams Syria ‘strategy’ of forced evacuation of besieged towns

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Local Council of Daraya City, shows Syrian citizens carry their belonging as they prepare to evacuate from Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP)

The UN Syria envoy on Thursday criticized a Damascus “strategy” of forced evacuation from Daraya following a brutal four-year government siege, warning that more besieged towns could follow.

Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva that there were “indications that after Daraya we may have other Darayas,” adding that “there is clearly a strategy at the moment to move from Daraya” to other besieged areas “in a similar pattern.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48