Thousands of evacuated Syrians stuck as transfer stalls

An AFP correspondent at a marshalling point in rebel-held territory where around 5,000 evacuees from two government-held towns were awaiting onward transport said the buses had yet to move 30 hours after the operation began. At least 39 people have been killed, according to Syrian state TV.

Dozens of buses carrying thousands children, women and men from pro-government areas Foua and Kfraya, and from opposition towns Madaya and Zabadani were parked at separate parts of the edge of Aleppo city, separated by walls, Syrian TV showed.

At the transit point outside Aleppo, where the buses from al-Foua and Kefraya were waiting, one resident said he was not yet sure where he would live.

Rami Abdurrahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says the Syrian government and rebels who negotiated the deal have differed over the evacuation of gunmen from the towns.

A media unit run by Hezbollah, which backs the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, said the suspected attacker detonated a auto bomb near the convoy of people evacuated from towns besieged by rebel forces in northern Syria.

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The buses carrying almost 5,000 pro-government evacuees have been stuck in an area on the edge of Aleppo city, as a much criticized population transfer deal stalls. He accused the government or extremist rebel groups of orchestrating the attack to discredit the opposition. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 43, adding that it would likely rise because of the extensive damage.

The deal to evacuate the towns is the latest in a string of such agreements through Syria's six-year civil war.

The evacuation deal is one of several over recent months that has seen President Bashar al-Assad's government take back control of areas long besieged by his forces and their allies.

They had left under a deal where, in exchange, hundreds of Sunni insurgents and their families were granted safe passage from Madaya, a government-besieged town near Damascus. Syrian state media blamed the attack on "terrorists", the term it uses to refer to armed rebels, saying they had targeted some of the 75 buses and 20 ambulances carrying evacuees. According to the New York Times, the evacuations were the result of a deal brokered by the Syrian government. "The bus garage is small so there's not much space to move around", Ahmed, 24, said. It was not immediately clear if al-Hakim was the same French national USA officials said was killed in an airstrike in Syria in November 2016.

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