Syrian Official: Aleppo Evacuation to Resume once wounded leave villages

Civilians fill containers with water in a rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo, Syria December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

ALEPPO, Syria, Dec 16 – The stalled evacuation of east Aleppo will resume once injured people are let out of the besieged Shi’ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, a Syrian official said on Friday.

“If the evacuation of the injured in Kefraya and al-Foua takes place, the operation to evacuate eastern Aleppo will resume immediately,” the official said.

The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of the two villages being besieged by rebel fighters.

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