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Peace deal fails as rebels torch Aleppo buses

Published : Dec 19, 2016, 2:39 am IST
Updated : Dec 19, 2016, 6:10 am IST

The convoy was travelling to Foah and Kefraya, besieged by rebel fighters.

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises in green government buses, in Idlib province, Syria. (Photo: AP)
 This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises in green government buses, in Idlib province, Syria. (Photo: AP)

Beirut: Syrian rebels and pro-government forces reached a deal on Sunday to resume evacuations from east Aleppo in exchange for people being allowed to leave two Shi’ite villages besieged by insurgents.

Some buses and Red Crescent vehicles arrived at the entrance to the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya shortly after the deal was announced, according to al-Manar television, affiliated to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, an ally of Damascus.

However, several buses en route to evacuate the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria's Idlib province have been burned by rebels.

The convoy was travelling to Foah and Kefraya, besieged by rebel fighters.

State television broadcast pictures of flames coming from the green buses which have come to be synonymous with evacuations in Syria.

State media said “armed terrorists”, a term it uses for groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, carried out the attack. Rebel officials said an angry crowd of people, possibly alongside pro-government forces, was responsible. Buses also began to arrive in eastern Aleppo, state media said, showing live footage.

The entire deal would see 2,500 citizens leave al-Foua and Kefraya in two batches.

Tags: syrians, bashar al-assad, aleppo
Location: Syria, Aleppo, Aleppo