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21 April 2017, 03:01 | Darnell Patrick
Syrians stuck around Aleppo as evacuation deal stalls: monitor, activists
Syrian army resumed the evacuation of residents from militant-besieged areas outside Aleppo after buses carrying them were hit by terrorists on Saturday, killing at least 80 people.
At least 24 people have been killed in an explosion near a bus convoy waiting to enter the Syrian city of Aleppo killed or wounded several people on Saturday, pro-government media outlets, pro-opposition activists and a monitor reported.
More than 5,000 people left Fuaa and Kafraya and about 2,200 left Madaya and Zabadani on Friday, the latest in a series of evacuations from the four towns under the agreement.
A resident of Zabadani - another rebel-held town to be evacuated - Amer Burhan saids no evacuation had even taken place from there.
"This cowardly aggression is indicative of a continued conspiracy and full coordination between terrorist groups and the Zionist enemy under the command of the United States and its stooges in the region", he said.
It added that the Saturday bombing complemented the USA attack on the Shayrat Airfield in Homs Province with a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles on April 7, which caused some 15 fatalities, including civilians.
"We deplore any act that sustains and empowers extremists on all sides including today's attacks, as well as forced migration, increased displacement, and all forms of violence directed against civilians in Syria", Mark Toner, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said in a statement.
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A deadly explosion has killed more than 112 people, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point outside Aleppo city.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned the bombing and called on all parties "to ensure the safety and security of those waiting to be evacuated".
Another 3,000 civilians and fighters should be evacuated from Fuaa and Kafraya, and 150 rebels from Zabadani, to complete a first wave of evacuations under the deal, the Observatory said.
The Four Towns deal was an agreed upon exchange by the government that involved the transfer of Shia populations in two Syrian towns for the exchange of Sunni rebels and civilians out of two others, according to The Independent. Residents of al-Foua and Kfraya, besieged by the rebels, have lived under a steady hail of rockets and mortars for years, but were supplied with food and medicine through military airdrops.
The evacuation has moved the country closer to a division of its national population along loyalty and sect lines.
Afandar said people were not allowed to leave the buses for a while before they were let out.
The buses had been carrying people from pro-government areas and from opposition towns.
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