Evacuation of Syria’s Foua, Kefraya Resumes
DAMASCUS (Tasnim) – Bus convoys on Wednesday resumed transporting residents out of the Syrian towns of Foua and Kefraya as part of an evacuation deal between the government and militants.
According to Tasnim dispatches, 45 buses carrying some 3,000 civilians, left Foua and Kefraya in the northwestern province of Idlib early on Wednesday.
Also, a convoy of 11 buses moved armed men and their families from the town of al-Zabadani in Damascus suburbs on Wednesday.
The evacuation resumed after a few days of hiatus caused by a terrorist attack that targeted a bus convoy carrying the first batch of people from the two Shiite-populated towns.
More than 118 people were killed and 224 others injured on Saturday after a bomber blew up an explosive-laden car at the site.
The buses are now stopped in al-Rashideen district on the western outskirts of Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital, Damascus, waiting for the militant convoy’s arrival at a checkpoint there. The swap can happen at any moment.
The evacuations of the Syrian towns of Foua, Kefraya, Zabadani, and Madaya had started on Friday after the Syrian government and the militants reached the deal.
The displaced residents of Foua and Kefraya have been given fixed abodes in the provinces of Latakia and Homs in the Arab country.
Foua and Kefraya are the only government-held enclave in Idlib’s militant-held area.
The towns of some 20,000 people have been under siege since 2013. The humanitarian situation remains dire, with a lack of food and basic necessities.