>> The evacuation of a handful of critically ill patients from Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital. A deal between Damascus and the rebel fraction which broke months of deadlock allowed the Red Cross in to bring them out late on Tuesday. Eastern Ghouta is the last major rebel stronghold left near Damascus.
Since 2013 nearly 400 thousand people have been trapped there by the Syrian army, making it the country's biggest remaining seige. They're suffering the worst malnutrition of the almost seven year war. The four evacuees were taken to hospitals in the nearby capital, Damascus. But a six month old baby girl died before she could be evacuated, the Syrian American Medical Society said.
The United Nations has pleaded for the government to allow out about 500 patients, including children with cancer. Although eastern Ghouta is officially a de-escalation zone on the ceasefire deals for rebel territory, fighting there continues.