Suicide car bomb on Syrian bus convoy kills 43 evacuees fleeing to Aleppo

April 15, 2017 | By | Reply More

Huge car bomb kills 43 people were killed in a suicide attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, a monitor said in an updated toll.

car bombThe Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed most of the dead were evacuees, but they also included several rebels who had been guarding the buses at a transit point in Rashidin, west of Aleppo.

The Observatory said the attack targeted residents evacuated from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya under a deal reached between the regime and rebels.

A reporter in rebel-held Rashidin saw several bodies, body parts and blood scattered on the ground.

“The suicide bomber was driving a van supposedly carrying aid supplies and detonated near the buses,” the Observatory said.

It warned that the death toll was likely to rise given the “several dozen wounded” at the blast site.

State television said the car bombing had been carried out by “terrorist groups”, a term the regime applies to all armed opposition groups.

It was not immediately clear if rebels at the transit point were among the dead.

The attack took place as thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya waited to continue their journey to regime-controlled Aleppo, the coastal province of Latakia, or Damascus.

More than 5,000 people who had lived under crippling siege for more than two years left the two towns, along with 2,200 evacuated from rebel-held Madaya and Zabadani, yesterday.

Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya were stuck on the road in Rashidin when the bomb went off.

The evacuation, brokered by regime ally Iran and rebel backer Qatar, is set to see more than 30,000 people evacuated in two stages.

The deal had stipulated that in the first stage 8,000 people, including 2,000 loyalist fighters, leave the two towns but in the event just 5,000, including 1,300 fighters left, the Britain-based Observatory said.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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