Bomb hits Syrian evacuees
Added On April 16, 2017
A blast on Saturday hit the gathering point of buses transporting Shiites evacuating from two pro-government towns in northern Syria.
At least 70 were killed and 128 others wounded in the attack.
A well-informed source told CNC that the blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck, rocked the rebel-held Rashideen area in the countryside of Aleppo province.
The buses carrying 5,000 pro-government Shiite people were waiting the reactivation of a deal designed to secure their transportation to government-controlled area in Aleppo.
The deal was recently reached between the rebels and the government under the supervision of Iran, Turkey and Qatar.
It was designed to secure the evacuation of the people from the pro-government Shiite towns of Kafraya and Foa in Idlib province toward government areas in Aleppo province.
In return, the government will allow rebels and their families to leave the rebel-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani in northern Damascus to reach Idlib province.
The evacuation started on Friday, with 5,000 Shiite people leaving Kafraya and Foa, and 2,300 rebels and their families leaving the town of Madaya as first batches.
A military source told CNC that hours after the explosion, 50 buses carrying Shiite evacuees reached government-controlled areas in the northern city of Aleppo.