United Nations to vote on resolution to send monitors to Aleppo

Syrian civilians and a rescue worker evacuate children in the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo after regime aircrafts reportedly dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on August 27, 2016. 



 
At least 15 civilians were reported killed when two bombs fell several minutes apart, near a tent where people were receiving condolences for those killed this week.


 / AFP / AMEER ALHALBI        (Photo credit should read AMEER ALHALBI/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian civilians and a rescue worker evacuate children in the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo after regime aircrafts reportedly dropped explosive-packed barrel bombs on August 27, 2016. At least 15 civilians were reported killed when two bombs fell several minutes apart, near a tent where people were receiving condolences for those killed this week. / AFP / AMEER ALHALBI (Photo credit should read AMEER ALHALBI/AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote today on a resolution aimed at immediately deploying U.N. monitors to eastern Aleppo, a move France says will be critical to prevent “mass atrocities” by Syrian forces, and especially militias, who captured the rebel stronghold.

The resolution comes as thousands more trapped Aleppo civilians and rebels await evacuation in freezing temperatures in the rebel enclave.

The text calls for the United Nations and other institutions to monitor the evacuations and demands that U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urgently consult all parties on the immediate deployment of the monitors.

France and Russia, who submitted rival draft resolutions, struck a compromise text after more than three hours of closed-door consultations by the U.N. Security Council on Sunday.