The UN has reached a deal (paywall), on which the security council will vote today, to allow UN monitors to observe the evacuation process. But they’d need to do it in consultation with soldiers and militia on the ground, who could turn them away.

More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo in the past 24 hours, according to Unicef. Many were sick, wounded or without their parents.

As the Syrian army closed in on Aleppo and pushed rebels from their small enclaves, Bana and Fatemah Alabed were among many civilians and activists to tweet their final messages. They had desperately called on the international community to act. But Syrian president Bashar Assad had dismissed Bana and her mother, saying she was not a credible source and her tweets were promoted by “terrorists or their supporters.”

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