Evacuation resumes in Aleppo after convoys attacked and burned
A number of buses were sent to eastern Aleppo to evacuate the rebel fighters and families from the rebel-held sector, as a favour in return for the evacuation of people from Al-Fua and Kefraya from Idlib province
The evacuation of Syrian civilians and rebel fighters from civil war-torn city of Aleppo has resumed after the UN Security Council agreed on a draft resolution for UN officials to monitor the process.
According to Aljazeera, the Security Council was likely to vote on the draft on Monday.
Earlier, a number of buses were sent to eastern Aleppo to evacuate the rebel fighters and families from the rebel-held sector, as a favour in return for the evacuation of people from Al-Fua and Kefraya from Idlib province.
Russia, the ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in the civil war, circulated a rival text of the French draft. The Council, which was scheduled to vote on Sunday was postponed later.
Russia raised concerns about sending UN officials to Aleppo for monitoring the ground situation where the city has been going through a siege for years.
US ambassador to UN, Samantha Power said the Security Council expected to "vote unanimously for this text" on Monday. Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "I think we have a good text."
The UK-based NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said some buses arrived at Al-Fua and Kefraya faced assaults and were burned. State television has shown pictures of flames rising from the green buses.
Reports said ambulances and buses were allowed to enter Al-Fua and Kefraya late on Sunday after hours of the blockade. The SOHR said about 4000 people would be evacuated from the war-torn city.
The evacuation process was put to halt on Friday when a disagreement emerged from the talks with rebels and coalition forces fighting for Assad's government, who wanted people to be allowed to leave Al-Fua and Kefraya.
Over 15,000 people had gathered in east Aleppo on Sunday for buses to take them outside the city.