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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises in green government buses, in Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.  (SANA via AP)

The UN will send observers and aid to Aleppo as civilian evacuations continue

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UPDATE 9:47 a.m. EST: The UN unanimously approved its plan to send observers to Aleppo.

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The United Nations Security Council will vote Monday on a plan to send observers and humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo as the city continues evacuation of civilians out of the besieged city.

Russia and France approved of the plan on Sunday, USA Today reports.

Evacuations continued over the weekend despite several buses being set on fire. Syrian media blamed the terrorist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which has ties to al-Qaeda. 

The UN will send observers and aid to Aleppo as civilian evacuations continue

WATCH  | Here's a look at a bus that was set on fire.

The UN will send observers and aid to Aleppo as civilian evacuations continue

WATCH  | Here's a look at the crowded evacuation scene. 

Thousands await evacuation, according to Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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Russian United Nations Ambassador Vitaly Churkin addresses reporters before an expected vote by the U.N. Security Council at the United Nations headquarters on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. The U.N. Security Council was expected to vote on a resolution demanding immediate and unconditional access for the United Nations and its partners to besieged parts of Aleppo and throughout Syria to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, initially called the deal with France a "disaster" before the nations compromised.

Should the UN send observers to Aleppo?

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