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People that were evacuated from the two villages of Kefraya and al-Foua walk near buses, after a stall in an agreement between rebels and Syria’s army, at insurgent-held al-Rashideen, Aleppo province, Syria April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

An explosion near a bus convoy waiting to enter the Syrian city of Aleppo killed or wounded several people on Saturday, pro-regime media outlets, pro-opposition activists and a monitor reported.

Pro-regime media said a suicide attacker had detonated a car bomb near the convoy.

Photos carried by regime media showed what appeared to be the aftermath of the explosion, with bodies lying on the ground and fires belching out thick black plumes of smoke. Buses were blackened by the blast with their windows blown out.

The blast hit the Rashidin area on Aleppo’s outskirts, where dozens of buses carrying residents of two villages that are being evacuated in a deal between warring sides were waiting to enter the city.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 16 people killed in the blast, saying the explosion appeared to be caused by a bomb.

The buses had been waiting since late on Friday outside the city while the evacuation deal halted.