Evacuees killed in Syria bus convoy blast

The four towns are part of a longstanding agreement reached in 2015, that requires aid deliveries and evacuations to be carried out in all areas simultaneously.

"Rebels say Damascus breached the terms of the deal, accusing the government of trying to bring out more loyalist fighters than agreed". Food was distributed after several hours and by early afternoon the evacuees from rebel-held areas were "pressured" to sit back on their buses, Afandar said. The group said it was investigating to find out who was responsible.

Exactly 30,000 attacked individuals would be removed from two revolt held towns and two under government control in any case, as per AFP news office, up to 5,000 government evacuees and 2,200 from revolt towns are now stranded.

They are involved in a population transfer deal but have been stranded since the agreement stalled.

Syrian state TV said an unknown number of people had been killed and wounded when a auto bomb was detonated.

A senior opposition official said 20 fighters who guarded the buses were killed as well as dozens of passengers.

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The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported the convoy continued, and the first buses arrived late Saturday in Aleppo.

The residents of Madaya had an option to stay there, though Alison reports that "many say they'll leave to avoid mandatory service in the Syrian army".

"It's remarkably complex; civilians, fighters and their families, injured and sick are involved in these evacuations - and the numbers have to be tallied up between the regime and the opposition". The attack was in response to a chemical weapons attack on April 4 on a northern Syrian town that Washington blamed on Damascus.

The explosion on Aleppo's outskirts came shortly after a bomb explosion targeted a military camp in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia, leaving almost a dozen people dead and several others injured.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the beginning of the evacuation.

An explosion hit a bus convoy carrying evacuees near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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The much criticized deal is to transfer thousands from besieged pro-government and anti-government areas.

Al-Ikhbariya TV said 48 wounded were transported in exchange for allowing five buses of residents from opposition areas to head toward a rebel-controlled province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said government forces entered Madaya after the evacuation Friday.

Photos that were too graphic to publish showed a huge fire raging next to bodies scattered on the ground next to charred buses, including those of children.

The buses were carrying almost 5,000 people from Foua and Kfraya, villages in northern Syria that have been besieged by rebels.

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