Thousands of activists demonstrate in Turkey near the Syrian border to show solidarity with the people of Aleppo in a rally organised by the Humanitarian Relief Foundation. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of activists rallied in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the border with Syria, on Saturday (December 17) to stand in solidarity with the people of Aleppo, as thousands waited for evacuations to resume in eastern enclaves of the war-ravaged city. The rally was part of a campaign organised by Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) to dispatch humanitarian aid to stranded people of Aleppo. IHH is working with Turkish Red Crescent and Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) to build camps and deliver aid for Aleppo evacuees in Idlib. Activist Human Kurt called on Turkey's political leaders to do more to end the suffering in Syria. "I call on our leaders. They should put away their differences. They should be united and protect the innocent people", he said. A Syrian government official told Reuters on Saturday the stalled evacuation of the last opposition-held area of Aleppo will resume, alongside some evacuations from four besieged towns and villages. The villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province are besieged by insurgents. The towns of Madaya and Zabadani are blockaded by pro-government forces. The chaos surrounding the Aleppo evacuation reflects the complexity of Syria's civil war, with an array of groups and foreign interests involved on each side.