The International Committee for the Red Cross says that more than 170 civilians from Mariupol have arrived safely in the Ukrainian controlled city of Zaporizhzhia.
In a tweet late Sunday, the ICRC, said that “after weeks of living largely underground, over 170 civilians from Azovstal [steel plant] and Mariupol area have arrived in Zaporizhzhia.”
It added: “This is the 3rd safe passage operation we’ve coordinated with @UN. We’re deeply relieved we could help more civilians get to a safer place.”
It wasn’t clear how many of the evacuees had been trapped at Azovstal.
Mariupol City Council said that a total of 173 people had been rescued from Azovstal and Mariupol.
It said “10 buses with Mariupol residents are already on the territory of free Ukraine.”
“Thank you to all the heroic defenders of Azovstal for this. At the cost of three lives of our soldiers and six wounded, soldiers managed to get and remove civilians from the plant.” t said.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Azov Regiment are not only defending themselves at the cost of their efforts but are also rescuing civilians,” the Council said.
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