Middle East | Evacuations resume from rebel-held pocket in Aleppo
A woman sits with her child reading the Koran while waiting to be evacuated with others from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo. Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail
A woman sits with her child reading the Koran while waiting to be evacuated with others from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo. Photo: Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

Evacuations resume from rebel-held pocket in Aleppo

Buses carrying evacuees also leaving Shi'ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya beseiged by rebels

December 19, 2016 3:11 PM (UTC+8)

Evacuations have resumed from east Aleppo, with buses and ambulances carrying more than 1,000 people leaving the last rebel-held pocket in the Syrian city, according to a UN official.

Dr Ahmad Dbis, who heads a team of doctors and volunteers coordinating evacuations, said he estimated that around 1,200 people, including women and children, had arrived at the staging ground west of the city.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 10 buses carrying around 500 people had left the besieged Shi’ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya near Idlib carrying evacuees through rebel-held territory towards Aleppo.

The evacuation of wounded and other civilians from the villages is a condition for the evacuation of people in the besieged rebel zone of Aleppo, Syrian state media reported on Sunday.

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