Syria: Aleppo evacuation halted as blasts heard

Written by | December 16, 2016 | 0
Buses are seen parked in Aleppo's government controlled area of Ramouseh, as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo was suspended on Friday and a witness heard at least four blasts at a location where buses had been departing.

A state-run Syrian TV station reported that rebels had breached an agreement with the government by trying to take prisoners with them during the evacuation.

A Syrian official overseeing the evacuation said it had been obstructed due to “obstructions”.

Evacuations of rebel fighters and civilians including wounded from the last opposition-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo early on Friday under the ceasefire deal that would see the government retake the city, monitors and a rebel official said.

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