Evacuations From Kefraya, al-Foua Underway After Attack on Buses

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20174 views
Published: January 13, 2017

The evacuation of civilians from the pro-government towns of Kefraya and al-Foua in rebel-held Idlib province <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-idINKBN1480NQ" target="_blank">was underway</a> on December 19, a day after armed opposition militants <a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/SYRIA/stories/151996" target="_blank">attacked evacuation buses</a> en route to begin the process.

The UK-based <a href="http://www.syriahr.com/2016/12/18/%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%81%D9%8A-6-%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%82%D9%84-%D9%82%D8%A8%D9%84/" target="_blank">Syrian Observatory for Human Rights</a> said that Fatah al-Sham supporters set fire to buses that were due to enter the predominantly Shiite towns as part of an evacuation deal brokered with opposition forces. <a href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=96587" target="_blank">Syrian state media accused</a> Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra of carrying out the attack, though Storyful cannot confirm this.

Evacuations <a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/152057" target="_blank">continued in Aleppo</a> on December 19, where thousands of people in rebel-held neighborhoods were awaiting transfer out of the conflict zone.

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