A new deal has been reached to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo which was interrupted by demands from pro-regime forces that two villages held by rebels also be evacuated, a Syrian rebel told news channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath on Saturday.
Speaking from Aleppo, Rebel official al-Farouk Abu Bakr said the deal embraced an evacuation from the two Shi’ite villages besieged by insurgents, the evacuation of wounded people from two towns besieged by pro-regime forces near the Lebanese border, and the full evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
On Friday, the second day of the operation to evacuate civilians from the last opposition-held area of Aleppo was suspended after pro-regime militias demanded that wounded people also be brought out of al-Foua and Kefraya, and protesters blocked the road out of Aleppo.
Abu Bakr told al-Hadath the previous agreement was breached on Friday by pro-regime militias who detained “hundreds” of people trying to leave, leading to some deaths.
“Now we are working on international guarantees to guarantee the safety of those who leave Aleppo so that such violations are not repeated,” he said.
Abu Bakr did not say how many people would be evacuated from al-Foua and Kefraya.