Reports JFS are blocking evacuation of wounded from Foua & Kefraya, & Shiite militias captured busloads of evacuees to hold for pressure /4— Anne Barnard (@ABarnardNYT) December 16, 2016
The evacuation of civilians in eastern Aleppo has been suspended again.
The Syrian government suspended evacuations from eastern Aleppo just hours after they resumed on Friday, saying that rebels had opened fire on a convoy of evacuees at a crossing point, state TV reported.
Approximately 3,000 people and more than 40 wounded were brought out of eastern Aleppo during the first two evacuations on Thursday, the head of International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria, Marianne Gasser, said in a statement. It wasn't immediately clear how long the suspension would last.
WATCH | Tens of thousands of civilians arrived safely out of the besieged city.
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Russia says that more than 6,462 people, including more than 3,000 rebels and 301 wounded, have been taken out, but this claim conflicts with other reports that there are still many residents who have yet to completely evacuate.
"It is only suspended, so may resume."
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