Top state agencies and civil aid groups have completed preparations to evacuate civilians from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo to Turkey's border province of Hatay, Turkish Red Crescent official said Thursday.
Under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), the Red Crescent and Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) have drawn up a plan, Red Crescent head Kerem Kınık told reporters.
"In this plan of operations, firstly, the wounded will be transferred to Turkey, and the Health Ministry is working on this," he added.
According to the ministry, at least 90 wounded are already waiting, and Turkey will urgently set up mobile hospitals to treat them.
Many ambulances are also on alert for possible serious injuries at Turkey's Cilvegözü Border Gate located in Hatay's Reyhanı district.
Meanwhile, 25 United Nations trucks carrying food, medicine, and other aid supplies have crossed the Cilvegözü Border Gate into Syria.
Assad regime forces and Iranian-backed militias have been carrying out executions in Aleppo, entering homes and killing some civilians "on the spot". The United Nations said that some 85 civilians were killed by regime forces on Tuesday, however, the number given by local sources is much higher.
An estimated 100,000 city residents still remain under siege by the regime and its allies in some 8.6 square kilometers of eastern Aleppo.
Over the course of the last 27 days, some 990 civilians have been killed in eastern Aleppo in attacks by the Syrian regime and allied militias, local sources report.
The recent escalation comes amid attempts by the Russia-backed Assad regime to reestablish control over parts of Aleppo captured four years ago by armed opposition groups.
Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests - which had erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings - with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.
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