Dozens of evacuees murdered during terror attack in Syria

A car bomb exploded near a bus filled with Syrian evacuees who were waiting to enter Aleppo. It is still not known who was responsible for the terror attack which claimed dozens of lives and injured dozens more.
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Dozens were murdered and many more were injured during a terror attack aimed at a convoy of buses heading towards Aleppo today (Saturday). The buses were filled with evacuees from two government-held Shi’ite towns formerly besieged by rebel forces in Syria. According to local government media outlets, the terror attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated a car bomb. It is still not known who was responsible for the deadly terror attack.

The buses had been waiting for more than a day to enter Aleppo, but were delayed because of a lingering agreement between the rebels and the Syrian government. According to the agreement, hundreds of Sunnis were supposed to be safely transported to government-held Madaya. However, as signing the agreement was delayed, the evacuees found themselves stuck at the transit point.

This is one of several agreements reached after Bashar al-Assad’s regime recaptured a number of cities that had been under rebel control for quite some time. The deals have proved to be controversial among government opponents, who claim that they play into Assad’s hands and disrupt the existing demographic divisions within the country.

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