Wednesday 21 August 2019

Aleppo evacuation deal back on, say Syrian rebels

This frame grab from a video, shows damaged buildings near the ancient Umayyad Mosque, in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria.
This frame grab from a video, shows damaged buildings near the ancient Umayyad Mosque, in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria.

Syrian rebels say a ceasefire deal for the evacuation of fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo is back on, hours after it collapsed.

Spokesmen for three rebel groups said the ceasefire would come into effect later on Wednesday night and implementation of the deal would begin early on Thursday.

The evacuation from a sliver of territory the rebels still hold in eastern Aleppo was supposed to begin at dawn on Wednesday, but shelling resumed in the morning hours.

Rebels accused the Syrian government and its allies of derailing the deal by placing new conditions.

Ahmed Karali, spokesman for the Ahrar Sham rebel group, said on Wednesday that the deal was then salvaged.

He added that the first group of wounded people and civilians would begin leaving early on Thursday morning. Two other rebel spokesmen confirmed.

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