Red Cross says 12 more patients evacuated from Syrian suburb

The International Committee of the Red Cross says 12 more patients and their families have been evacuated from besieged rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The ICRC said the latest evacuations occurred late Wednesday night in coordination with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The government recently tightened its siege on eastern Ghouta, home to nearly 400,000 people, refusing to allow hundreds of critically ill to reach hospitals located just minutes away, the United Nations said.

The Army of Islam, a prominent rebel group in eastern Ghouta, said the critically ill are being evacuated as part of a deal that was conditional on it releasing an equivalent number of captives.

State-run news agency SANA confirmed the evacuations saying that rebels have also released several people including two children.