>> Another 29 ill people including children have been evacuated from Eastern Ghouta. Syria's biggest remaining siege. Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid workers began the operation on Tuesday after a deal between Damascus and a rebel faction. Some patients are being allowed to leave in return for Jaysh Al-Islam, which controls Eastern Ghouta, releasing some of its captives.
That deal broke months of deadlock. Still, some aid agencies have voiced concern that it risks turning sick children into bargaining chips. The United Nations has called on world powers to help arrange the evacuation of 500 people from what it calls a humanitarian emergency. It estimates that 400,000 people remain trapped in eastern Ghouta by president Bashar al-Assads forces.
The densely populated pocket of satellite towns and farms is the only major rebel stronghold left near Damascus.