World Bulletin / News Desk
An Idlib-bound civilian convoy has again departed from war-torn eastern Aleppo after its first attempt was met by attacks from Shia militias, according to local reports.
The convoy of 20 buses is carrying at least 200 injured people – over 50 in critical condition – according to an Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene of the attack.
The convoy will head towards the opposition-held Idlib province after going through checkpoints in regime-held areas of Aleppo.
The convoy’s first attempt to leave Aleppo earlier Thursday was hindered when Iranian-backed Shia militias opened gunfire, killing at least four civilians.
The civilians on buses were waiting to move to the Ramuse district before their convoy came under attack.
General Valery Gerasimov, Russian’s chief of General Staff, said the evacuation of around 5,000 people, including armed groups, from eastern Aleppo had started.
He said a 21 kilometer-long humanitarian corridor had been created for the evacuation.
A Russian military coordination center in Syria also announced that they were watching the convoy with drones.
It also said that in addition to buses, 10 ambulances were present for the safe passage of civilians to other areas.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have reportedly escorted the convoy out of eastern Aleppo.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Aralık 2016, 16:30