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Facebook/Laurent Azzopardi(VALLETTA, Malta) -- The final moments of a small plane that crashed to the ground and exploded into a fireball in Malta has been captured on a dashcam video.

The footage, posted by Facebook user Laurent Azzopardi, shows the twin-prop Fairchild Metroliner falling from the sky shortly after taking off from Malta's airport Monday morning.

"On my way to the work this morning - a very shocking experience, a plane crash," Azzopardi wrote.

Five people were killed in the crash.

The French defense ministry said the victims -- three defense ministry officials and two private contractors — had been conducting a surveillance operation. Malta's government said the flight was part of a French Customs operation tracing routes of illicit trafficking from Libya, where the plane was headed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Matthew roared through Haiti, killing hundreds and leaving behind a trail of destruction, officials fear the nation could face a food crisis.

An estimated 1.4 million people are in need of food assistance following the hurricane on Oct. 4, according to a joint statement Monday by the government of Haiti, the Haitian National Coordination for Food Security, the U.N.'s World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Of those, nearly 800,000 are in "dire need of immediate food aid," the statement said.

"There has been a massive loss of crops in some areas of Grand Anse [in the island nation's southern peninsula] up to a 100-percent loss, just everything is gone," Alexis Masciarelli, a World Food Program worker in Haiti told ABC News Monday. "What's striking is that all the food trees are gone, a vast majority of them. The coconuts, the bananas, the mangoes."

"Bananas usually grow back in about a year, but coconut and mangoes take years to come back," he said.

Miguel Barreto, the World Food Program's regional director said in a statement Monday, “Local products on the markets will soon be depleted and we need more funding in order to continue food distributions to help 800,000 people in need of food aid which is more than urgent,”

Three thousand metric tons of emergency food have been distributed to affected areas since Matthew, but it does not meet the country's current need, Masciarelli told ABC News.

Of the 800,000 people in urgent need of food aid, "so far we have managed to distribute food assistance to 200,000 people," he said.

The food program has had some difficulty getting food to areas hit especially hard by the hurricane, he said. "There have been attacks on conveys and very heavy rains over the last few weeks that led to very heavy floods."

He added that the attacks on convoys have been rare and have been done by "desperate and hungry people," he said.

Masciarelli said that during his first trip to the country's southern peninsula following the hurricane, "you could just see people eating whatever they could find on the ground."

In addition, many farmers in that region of the country have lost their tools, and so will not be able to plant during their traditional planting season in November, Masciarelli said.

"Before, this was an area where people were mostly self-sufficient," he said.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- As Iraqi troops move within just a few miles of Mosul, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz got an exclusive look at some of the U.S. outposts supporting the mission to defeat ISIS.

“What we’ve seen is the enemy is really disrupted, they are on the offensive,” Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, told ABC News. “They are trying to do some spoiling attacks, but they’re not working.”

Those spoiling attacks have often been carried out by ISIS militants in suicide vehicles speeding towards Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga troops on the front lines, and in villages and towns where ISIS militants have been able to conceal themselves.

With U.S. ground forces advising and assisting, and the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes from above, the Iraqis and Kurds have been able to repel the resistance, U.S. officials said.

“What’s different this time than what was here the last time when you and I were here,” Volesky told Raddatz, referring to a trip the pair made to the region in 2009, “is this isn’t the same Iraqi army. They have been trained to do a decisive action, conventional operation against conventional forces, and they are gaining confidence. You can see it.”

Operation to Liberate Mosul Advancing 'More Quickly' Than Expected, Iraqi Prime Minister Says

One of the small outposts Volesky and Raddatz visited was built only a few days ago, and is manned by less than 200 U.S. and Iraqi personnel.

Another was originally built only 3.5 kilometers from the front lines, but as the Iraqis have advanced, it is now 22 kilometers away. But the posts were built to be movable, and when the time is right, they will move to follow the Iraqi forces toward Mosul.

From these outposts, U.S. personnel conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance from aircraft overhead -- information gathering that is often referred to as “eyes in the skies.” U.S. troops can also fire heavy artillery with longer ranges, such as Howitzers, which can fire 105-150 millimeter shells around 20 miles. A team firing a Howitzer said their operations have been “pretty constant” since the assault began.

But as the fight gets closer to the city, Volesky said the effort will only become more difficult.

“It’s the complexity of the environment in Mosul. You know how tight those streets are, how narrow they are. And there’s a million people there,” he told Raddatz.

The Iraqi army has been spreading word to the civilians still living in Mosul not to congregate where ISIS militants are, as those areas will likely be targeted by U.S. airstrikes. U.S. forces have received indications this week that ISIS is murdering more and more civilians who refuse to fight for them.

“The closer the Iraqis get, the better it will be for the people,” Volesky said.

As ISIS has been pushed out of the villages and towns leading into Mosul, the militants have left destruction in their wake. They have burned oil fields, leaving acrid smoke clouds hanging over huge swaths of the countryside.

“It’s really disheartening to see,” Lieutenant Col. Shawn Unbro told ABC News. “There are people that will come back here and they don’t know what they’re going to see when they come back. The only two buildings that were left standing in this village were two mosques, the only two buildings. Not a single wall anywhere else.”

For Volesky, that level of destruction underscores the importance of defeating the enemy to help Iraq regain stability. And the threat is not limited to Iraq. As ISIS fighters flee the area, U.S. forces have been vigilantly watching for them to attack elsewhere, keeping an eye on the future of this fight, Volesky said.

“Every time they lose a piece of key terrain or they get defeated, they try to lash out somewhere else to deflect people’s attention ... to show that they are still relevant, when in reality, they are losing," Volesky said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ALEPPO, Syria) -- Abdulkafi Alhamdo has never held a weapon in his life. But in the near future, he says, he might have to learn how to load a gun.

“Everyone inside Aleppo can be forced to carry weapons because it’s a matter of life and death,” Alhamdo, a 31-year-old teacher in the government-besieged part of Aleppo, told ABC News. “The whole world has let us down and we’re not going to wait for anyone else to defend us if we are forced to leave or be killed.”

On Monday, government forces advanced in Bazo Hill, in the southern edge of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state news agency SANA. Residents in the besieged part of the city said they heard the sound of clashes and bombs. New battles have erupted in Aleppo following a brief “humanitarian pause” declared by Russia.

Russian and Syrian officials had suggested that after the cease-fire, the Syrian and Russian armies would launch a new offensive to clear rebel-held Aleppo of the forces fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But no one left the besieged city during the Russian pause, which many locals described as a “media stunt” while humanitarian organizations said it was too short. Alhamdo said that people who decided to stay in Aleppo made that decision a long time ago and are not going to change their minds. His family lives outside Aleppo, but he says he is not going to join them because he doesn’t want to give up on the Syrian revolution.

“People sometimes ask me, ‘Wouldn’t you like a better life for your daughter?’ Yes, I would. I want her to live without fear and to live with freedom and democracy. I want her to be able to say ‘I don’t like that’ if there’s something she doesn’t like. I want that future for my daughter. If I took her and fled from Syria she might blame me and say ‘the blood of the children who died is not worth more than my blood,’” said Alhamdo, who has an 8-month-old daughter.

He added that he’d rather live with airstrikes and hunger than go back to living under the Syrian government when he risked prison for expressing his opinions.

"Yes, we might lose and yes, we might die. But even if that happens, I am sure that the revolution will come back and the next generation will remember that we didn’t give up," he declared.

Several other residents said they never considered leaving. Omair Shabaan moved from west Aleppo to the rebel-held part of the city to support people there as an aid worker and now as a media activist. He said that when the government advances it makes him less hopeful that the siege imposed on eastern Aleppo will be broken -- but that he would never leave the area.

“It’s my city and the people here are like my family,” he told ABC News. “We live under siege and destruction, but I can’t stand the idea of living under the government and if I left I might be imprisoned just for opposing it.”

Since the Syrian government launched an offensive on rebel-held Aleppo in late September, at least 500 people have been killed and 2,000 injured, with more than a quarter of all deaths being children, according to the U.N. Humanitarian organizations have criticized Russia and the Syrian government for using weapons that are banned under international law, such as cluster bombs, chemical weapons and bunker-buster bombs, in the past month. The Violations Documentation Center, which documents human rights violations in Syria, recorded 137 cluster bomb attacks in Aleppo from Sept. 10 to Oct. 10. At the same time, the people of Aleppo, are in urgent need of food, health care and clean water. The city has not received U.N. aid since early July.

“It’s time to break the siege,” Wissam Zarqa, a teacher in rebel-held Aleppo, told ABC News. “We civilians, teachers and doctors don’t have military practice. But we can pressure the Free Syrian Army to fight to break the siege and tell them that it’s their duty.”

During an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief said that Aleppo has become a “slaughterhouse.”

“The ancient city of Aleppo, a place of millennial civility and beauty, is today a slaughterhouse -- a gruesome locus of pain and fear, where the lifeless bodies of small children are trapped under streets of rubble and pregnant women deliberately bombed,” the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a speech to the council. He said that the siege and bombing of Aleppo amount to “war crimes” and that the situation there should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images(CALAIS, France) — Authorities began Monday evicting immigrants from the sprawling, cramped makeshift refugee camp dubbed "The Jungle" in the northern port city of Calais, France.

Officials were scheduled to bus away about 3,000 people Monday, plus the remaining 3,500 or so by the end of the week. An estimated 1,600 migrants have been removed so far Monday, according to the BBC.

The camp opened in January of 2015, and has since raised humanitarian concerns over its squalid living conditions.

The U.K.-based aid group Help Refugees, which has workers on the ground in Calais, said in a statement that 60 buses were provided by authorities to take 3,000 people to accommodation centers across France Monday. Another 45 buses were scheduled to take 2,400 people out of the camp Tuesday, and 40 buses were slated to take 2,000 people out of Calais Wednesday.

Aid groups and the U.N. Refugee Agency are especially concerned about the hundreds of unaccompanied child migrants who they say are at risk of exploitation, trafficking and violence.

Help Refugees said in a statement Monday that 49 unaccompanied children who are younger than 13 remain at the camp, "amidst all the confusion and chaos."

Human Rights Watch said in a statement this weekend that the governments of France and the U.K. are “failing unaccompanied children in Calais.”

“The French and UK governments have a responsibility to find these children safe shelter before the camp is torn down,” Helen Griffiths, a children’s rights associate with Human Rights Watch, wrote on their website, adding that “children remain at risk of sexual exploitation, violence, and trafficking.”

Earlier this month, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commended France’s decision to dismantle the camp in Calais, citing "appalling" living conditions, although stressing the importance of taking into account the welfare of the camp's hundreds of unaccompanied children.

"It is also crucial to pay special attention to the estimated more than 1,200 unaccompanied or separated children in the Jungle, whose best interests have to be taken into account," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said in a statement.

"The Jungle site has been problematic for a number of years, and UNHCR has long recommended its closure,” Edwards added. “Living conditions are appalling, with the most basic shelter, inadequate hygiene facilities, poor security and a lack of basic services.”

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Courtesy Cheshire Police(CHESHIRE, England) — British police have proven that no citizen is above the law.

Cheshire Police Department officers jokingly pulled over a toddler who was riding around near their cruiser in a pink toy car. A viral photo shared on Facebook showed the officers’ pretending to administer a Breathalyzer test.

In a statement to ABC News, the police department said the little girl was pulled over in northwest England Friday for having no insurance and "veering from side to side."

"The officers were naturally suspicious, and after her parents revealed she’d had a couple of bottles that morning, they played along and pretended to take a breath test," the statement continued. "Thankfully, the tot’s reading was clear and she was free to go."

The incident was just a way for police to interact positively with the community, the statement explained.

"This was a great example of showing how officers are human and that they like to talk to all members of our society, no matter how old they are," the statement read.

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DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images(CALAIS, France) -- A migrant camp known as "The Jungle" near Calais, northern France, is set to be demolished starting Monday.

Authorities are preparing for some of the estimated 7,000 migrants to refuse to leave as they are forced to decide between seeking asylum in France, or returning to their country of origin.

Many of the migrants do not want to stay in France and dream of getting to the U.K. The U.K. has already started to accept some of the migrant camp's 1,300 unaccompanied children, BBC reports.

On Saturday, a small group of migrants reportedly threw bottles and stones in protest at French officers at the camp, and police retaliated with smoke grenades, according to BBC.

Authorities in France said they did not want to use force against those who refuse to leave the camp, according to BBC, but may intervene if necessary.

Thousands of leaflets were handed out by French authorities at the camp this weekend explaining the plans for the evacuation, and where to report for some 60 buses that will take them away, BBC reports.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ARCAHAIE, Haiti) -- Authorities in Haiti are working to capture dozens of inmates after a mass prison breakout in Arcahaie, north of Port-au-Prince, on Saturday.

At least 10 prisoners were caught as of Sunday night out of some 170 inmates who escaped, according to BBC.

Haiti Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior told Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste the alleged mastermind was Yvener Carelus, a convicted kidnapper who was one of the men captured, BBC reports.

"He planned the escape from the inside with a few accomplices,'' the justice minister said.

The inmates reportedly attacked guards, stole their firearms and shot authorities as they escaped, BBC reports.

According to BBC, the inmates at Arcahaie do not wear prion uniforms, making it more difficult for authorities in Haiti to track down the escapees.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) -- Intense fighting is underway near Mosul as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue to liberate more villages from ISIS in an operation expected to last months.

The 30,000 fighters are closing in on ISIS's largest stronghold, with the help of airpower, artillery and ground troops from the U.S., but more than 1 million civilians remain under the terror group's control in Mosul.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday the mission was dangerous, but vital.

"Make no mistake, whether they're flying airplanes overhead or whether they're advising units on the ground, even behind the front lines they are at risk," he said.

Carter said it was important for everyone to understand that the mission had to be done.

The Iraqi and Kurdish forces have faced fierce resistance from ISIS, which is why the operation will take months, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The official added that Iraq would be broken for "50-100 years" with "tremendous problems every single day."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The massive battle to liberate Iraq’s second largest city from ISIS entered its sixth day amid reports that the terrorist group had taken hundreds of civilians captive to use as human shields.

As Iraqi-led forces advance toward Mosul, the last major stronghold of ISIS in Iraq, the United Nations said it is “gravely worried” about reports that the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is holding some 550 families for use as human shields.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also said his office will be investigating reports of ISIS executing at least 40 civilians in one of the villages outside Mosul.

“There is a grave danger that ISIL fighters will not only use such vulnerable people as human shields but may opt to kill them rather than see them liberated,” he said in a statement. “We know ISIL has no regard for human life, which is why it is incumbent upon the Iraqi Government to do its utmost to protect civilians.”

The Iraqi-led coalition moving toward Mosul have encountered booby traps, roadside bombs and trenches filled with oil that ISIS set ablaze to provide smoke cover for its fighters. Dramatic images from the area show thick black smoke rising from torched oil fields and billowing into the sky over Mosul and surrounding towns.

 ISIS has also torched sulfur stocks at an industrial plant south of Mosul, sending plumes of toxic smoke into the air and over a base where U.S. military advisers are stationed. There have been no reports of hospitalizations so far, though some military oops have donned gas masks as a precaution. Iraqi officials estimate it will take at least two to three days to contain the burning sulfur fire, according to the U.S. military official.

By Saturday, the Iraqi army had pushed into Qaraqosh, also known as Hamdaniyah and Bakhdida, and raised its flag over the northern town some 20 miles southeast Mosul. Fewer than 200 ISIS fighters in the town, the official said.Further south, some skirmishes continued a day after ISIS fighters launched a massive attack in and around the city of Kirkuk.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made an unannounced stop in the capital of Baghdad on Saturday for an update on the offensive to retake Mosul, which the United States is supporting with airstrikes and about 100 to 200 military advisers on the ground.

A U.S. military official in Baghdad confirmed that Iraqi special forces had isolated the town of Qaraqosh and launched an assault there on Saturday.

Further north, the official said, Iraqi Kurdish forces known as peshmerga had pushed forward, enabling the Iraqi army to move along their axis of advance.

The operation began Monday with about 18,000 Iraqi forces, 10,000 Kurdish forces known as peshmerga and a few thousand Iraqi federal police leading the effort to free the strategic city of Mosul from more than two years of ISIS rule. American advisers are also involved in the mission that is operating on two fronts -- one west of the Great Zab River and the other just north of Qayyarah.

An American service member was killed by a roadside bomb northeast of Mosul on Thursday, marking the first U.S. casualty in the region since the operation began. The U.S. Defense Department has identified the fallen service member as Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, California. Finan, who belonged to an explosive-ordnance disposal unit, was serving alongside Iraqi troops as an adviser.

Finan was traveling with members of Iraq's special forces in an armored vehicle when it struck an improvised explosive device and the vehicle rolled over. Finan was flown to the Kurdish capital of Erbil for treatment where he died from his injuries, according to a defense official.

 Iraqi special forces joined the fight for Mosul on the fourth day of the operation. Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi said Thursday the elite troops, also known as counterterrorism forces, advanced on the town of Bartella, some 13 miles east of Mosul, with the aid of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery. By Saturday, a U.S. military official said the Iraqi special forces were working to clear out Bartella.

The Iraqi counterterrorism unit is expected to lead the way into Mosul. Although officials have said the fight to take back the strategic city could take weeks or months, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Alabadi said Thursday the operation was advancing “more quickly” than expected.

As the fighting intensifies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” looms as up to a million civilians are expected to flee Mosul in the coming days and weeks.

“The challenges in this scenario are unprecedented. We don’t often have up to one million people potentially on the move; it’s very rare in scale and size,” said UNICEF regional emergency adviser Bastien Vigneau.

At least 200,000 people are expected to be displaced in the first two weeks of the operation to free Mosul and as many as 1.5 million civilians are estimated to remain in the city. Of the 1 million who could become displaced, approximately half are children.

According to a U.S. military official, there were at least 2,500 people in displacement camps as of Saturday.

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STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images(ESEKA, Cameroon) -- Officials in Cameroon now say at least 70 people were killed in a train crash Friday, with another 600 people injured.

The train was overcrowded when it derailed while traveling between Douala and Yaounde, according to BBC.

Cameroon President Paul Biya offered his condolences to families of the victims in a Facebook post and said the government would "provide full assistance to the survivors."

There will be an investigation into the cause of the derailment, according to the Cameroon president.

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Zoonar/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- U.S. officials have issued an unprecedented warning to Americans living in Istanbul, Turkey.

The U.S. consulate general in Istanbul advised Americans in a security message Saturday that extremist groups were targeting U.S. citizens for armed attack, attempted kidnapping, bombing and other violent acts. The statement said the attacks could be pre-planned or happen with little or no warning.

"The Consulate General advises U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Istanbul to review and update their personal security practices when traveling to locations where westerners are known to frequent or reside," the statement said. "U.S. citizens should also exercise increased vigilance and caution in areas easily accessible to the general public."

The State Department continues to warn Americans to avoid traveling to southeastern Turkey and to stay away from large crowds, particularly at popular tourist destinations.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Patients with serious wounds and diseases that can’t be treated in the besieged part of Aleppo, Syria, were not able to leave the city Friday as planned.

Medical evacuations were supposed to begin Friday after Russia said it extended a “humanitarian pause” to allow patients, other civilians and rebels to leave the besieged city through corridors. Russian and Syrian officials have suggested that after the cease-fire, the Russian and Syrian armies will launch a new offensive on Aleppo to clear the area of the rebels fighting the Syrian government, which is besieging the eastern part of Aleppo. But the United Nations and medical sources in Aleppo said that the evacuations could not be carried out Friday because of lack of security assurances.

“We are in desperate need to evacuate injured and sick children, women and elderly, but there is no guarantee for their safety,” Mohamed Abu Rajab, a radiologist in the besieged part of Aleppo, told ABC News. “We don’t trust the Syrian government. How can people who are killing us guarantee our safety? We don’t want to cooperate with them. We want to cooperate with the world community and humanitarian organizations, but how can we cooperate with our killers?”

 After a U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire collapsed on Sept. 19, the Syrian government launched an offensive on east Aleppo, which has killed at least 500 people and injured 2,000, with more than a quarter of all deaths being children, according to the U.N. Humanitarian organizations have criticized Russia and the Syrian government for using cluster bombs, chemical weapons and bunker-buster bombs, targeting civilians sheltering underground in the past month.

Among the patients who are in need of urgent evacuation out of east Aleppo are people who suffer from nerve injuries, renal fractures, eye wounds and heart diseases, as well as people in comas and malnourished children, said Abu Rajab. The besieged part of Aleppo has not received any aid since early July, according to the U.N., which means that the estimated 275,000 people who live there are in need of food, clean water, gas and health care.

“Unfortunately, medical evacuations were not able to commence in eastern Aleppo this morning as planned because the conditions to ensure a safe, secure and voluntary evacuation of those in need and their families were not in place. All parties to the conflict and those with influence over them need to ensure that all conditions are in place so we can proceed with this urgently needed medical evacuation as soon as possible,” David Swanson, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told ABC News.

Swanson and the U.N.’s spokesperson for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria declined to comment on what security assurances it is waiting for before evacuations can take place, but they said that the U.N. and its partners are present and ready in west Aleppo to carry out a detailed operational plan as soon as conditions allow. If evacuations take place, the U.N. would start with evacuating a small number of urgent cases and their families from east Aleppo to either west Aleppo or to the Bab al-Hawa hospital in Idlib on Day 1. “That will allow us to test the safety and effectiveness of the operation,” said Swanson.

According to Physicians for Human Rights, 95 percent of medical personnel who were in Aleppo before the war have fled, been detained or were killed. Several health facilities have been bombed leaving only around five hospitals left functioning to service thousands of people, according to the U.N., which estimates that about 30 doctors are left in Aleppo.

Abu Rajab used to be the manager at one of the largest hospitals in Aleppo, which is now out of service after being bombed multiple times. At the hospital, Abu Rajab helped treat Omran Daqneesh, the boy whose photo of him sitting in an ambulance was seen by millions of people. A video showing Omran touching his wounded head and wiping away the blood without shedding a tear has come to symbolize the humanitarian suffering in Aleppo. In a recent interview with Swiss TV SRF1, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called the image of Omran fake. To Abu Rajab that is an example of why he doesn’t trust that the Syrian government will guarantee the safety of civilians leaving through the corridors, as Syria claims.

“You saw a Swiss journalist with the head of the government," Abu Rajab said. "When he saw the photo of Omran what did he say? He lied. Omran was at our hospital. We treated him. And he says 'this is fabricated.' How can we trust him when he doesn’t tell the truth?”

Thursday, medical sources in Aleppo said they treated 12 civilians who were wounded by gunfire as they tried to leave Aleppo through one of the corridors. Aleppo residents said that they heard the sound of clashes near a corridor in the Bustan al-Qasr area.

During an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva today, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief said that Aleppo has become a “slaughterhouse.”

“The ancient city of Aleppo, a place of millennial civility and beauty, is today a slaughterhouse -- a gruesome locus of pain and fear, where the lifeless bodies of small children are trapped under streets of rubble and pregnant women deliberately bombed,” the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a speech to the council.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has responded to requests from Russian officials to observe U.S. polling stations on Election Day.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday it was “unclear what their intent [was]," and it was fair to be suspicious of Russia's intent.

"It’s appropriate that people might be suspicious of their motives, or at least their motives might be different from what they have publically stated, given the nefarious activities they have engaged in in cyber space," he said Friday.

At least three states-- including Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana-- have denied requests from the Russian consulate general in Houston to have a Russian officer view a polling station.

In a letter obtained by ABC News, consul general Alexander Zakharov asked Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos if a Russian officer could be "present (for a short period of time, when convenient) at one of the ballot station of Texas with the goal of studying the US experience in organization of voting process during the United States Presidential Elections on November 8th, 2016."

Cascos said in a response that the state was "unable to accommodate [his] request" and noted that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location during voting."

The U.S. has criticized Russia for trying to interfere with the country's election after Russian hackers were believed to have infiltrated emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, according to security officials. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the claims. This week, the White House said President Obama was considering a "proportional" response to Russia for the hacking.

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- London City Airport was evacuated Friday after a suspected "chemical incident."

The east London airport said it was "believed to be a CS gas spray" that caused about 500 people to be evacuated. The airport said officials were "investigating whether it was the result of an accidental discharge."

At least 26 patients were treated for difficulty breathing at the scene and two people were taken to the hospital, according to a statement from the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

London City Airport has since been declared safe and reopened after a security sweep. LFB said there were no elevated readings found and the building was ventilated.

“We apologise to passengers for inconvenience caused today,” the airport said Friday.

Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as "terrorist related."

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