Desperate evacuations for critically ill from Syria's East Ghouta

An operation's underway to evacuate critically ill patients from the besieged rebel-held town of Eastern Ghouta in Syria.

The town is under attack from forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Hundreds have been killed since early November, after the government increased its strikes on the area.

Children are around half of the population, and food and medical supplies are running low.

This week, the Red Cross began evacuating critical medical cases to Damascus. The International Committee of the Red Cross posted photos to social media showing the evacuation underway.

Three children and one woman have been evacuated so far, with more expected to be escorted to safety over the coming days.

However there are still 400,000 people remaining trapped in the district, and no end in sight to the brutal conflict.