Aleppo Evacuation Plans Stall, First Convoy 'Forced Back'

Storyful Published January 13, 2017

Rumble As the regime <a href="" target="_blank">announced</a> the beginning of evacuations for critically wounded civilians during early morning hours of December 14, the first convoy leaving southern Aleppo was forced to turn around, according to <a href="" target="_blank">activist reports</a> citing regime delays.

The delay was reportedly caused by disagreements between pro-Assad forces over the timing of the evacuations and a final assault on the last remaining rebel bastion located in the southern portion of the city. Additional <a href="" target="_blank">reports</a> suggest disagreements over whether the evacuation route would provide safe passage for both civilians and fighters alike, and to which direction such routes would lead. In conversations with Storyful, one prominent activist said that the convoys would evacuate civilians and unarmed rebels to the opposition-held Idlib province.

Several known activists, including <a href="" target="_blank">Lina Shamy</a>, have indicated just before time of writing that that they would be leaving the city as part of the evacuation plan for civilians; however, in conversations with other activists remaining inside the city, there is no indication that the evacuations will begin <a href="" target="_blank">according to schedule</a>.