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A man on a motorcycle drives past burning buses while en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged Syrian villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, after they were attacked and burned, in Idlib province, Syria December 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A man on a motorcycle drives past burning buses while en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged Syrian villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, after they were attacked and burned, in Idlib province, Syria December 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Aleppo evacuation buses attacked and set on fire

The evacuations resumed from the Syrian city of Aleppo. Syrian state media reported Sunday that the first buses in eastern Aleppo drove under the supervision of the Red Cross.

The Red Cross itself can not confirm yet. Some evacuation buses were attacked, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Sunday and torched.

According to Syrian state media, the rebels and the government signed a deal. Rebels and their relatives may leave eastern Aleppo in exchange for the evacuation of civilians from the villages of Al-Foua and Kefraya, which are held by the rebels, to area that is in government hands. Also in the two villages would have arrived already buses, Lebanese media report.

Some buses on a Sunday afternoon were on the road to al-Foua and Kefraya underway were attacked and set on fire, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian state media speak of “armed terrorists”.

Conflicting reports

Friday the evacuations of rebels were in the besieged eastern Aleppo, who had gone onderdag started, stopped. The Syrian government and rebels accused each other of shelling evacuation convoys and according to government sources tried to smuggle out the rebels weapons and prisoners.

You hear all day conflicting reports on the progress of the evacuations. Russia claimed Friday that they had already been completed, while the United Nations spoke of 50 thousand citizens who are still waiting for an exodus from the besieged eastern enclave. Follow Packed buses that were sent back had reached the government quarter Ramousah. Saturday, reported sources from the side of the government and the rebels that the evacuation would continue, but nothing happened.

aleppo buses on fire

Evacuation buses set on fire


Oversight

According to the Red Cross, have been evacuated since Thursday three thousand civilians and 40 injured in eastern Aleppo. Russia maintains very different figures: 9,500 people, including 4,500 fighters and 337 wounded, would have left the rebel areas.

Turkey has announced that there are established two camps in the border area. In total can be accommodated here 80 thousand refugees. Sick and seriously injured have permission to cross the border with Turkey.

The UN Security Council vote Sunday on a French proposal to hold the UN official overseeing the evacuations. It is unclear whether Russia or against the resolution to vote.

aleppo buses set on fire

Evacuation buses set on fire

Assad´s victory

The Syrian army guaranteed safe passage from eastern Aleppo earlier this week, accompanied by Russian soldiers. For Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is the reconquest of Aleppo his biggest victory in the Syrian Civil War: for the first time in years, he has the power back in all major cities in Syria. Now the rebels have been banished to the countryside, it is effectively done with the political opposition to throw him tried down since 2011.

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