Turkey could set up new major camps for people fleeing from eastern Aleppo to Idlib, the U.N. senior advisor, Jan Egeland said Thursday, Anadolu reported.
"We are also in contact with Turkey for major new camps that could be set up. Hundreds of thousands of people could come to Idlib, that is our planning," Egeland said in a press conference in Geneva on Thursday about the people being evacuated from eastern Aleppo.
According to an agreement between the Assad regime and Syrian opposition groups, civilians evacuated from eastern Aleppo will continue to head towards Idlib, which is located near the border with Turkey.
Egeland said "We have tried to assist east Aleppo for several months now. We have had five major initiatives to bring relief to the besieged part of east Aleppo and to evacuate wounded and civilians from east Aleppo. They have all failed. We do hope that today we see the start of a last and successful attempt of evacuations of that troubled city."
Noting that UN was invited to monitor, assist the evacuation that will take place from the remaining enclave that is controlled by armed opposition groups, Egeland said "It is a three-pronged evacuation...it is medical evacuation of wounded and sick, it is an evacuation of vulnerable civilians and it is an evacuation of fighters."
"We stand ready to accompany those who are being evacuated, not only from east Aleppo but all the way to Idlib, that is controlled by armed opposition groups, and that will be the destination of most of the people evacuated. We stand also ready to care for them all the way to Turkey and into Turkey if they chose that to be their final destination."