112 Killed in Attack on Syrian Evacuation Convoy

112 Killed in Attack on Syrian Evacuation Convoy112 Killed in Attack on Syrian Evacuation Convoy

A large blast has killed more than 110 people in an attack near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns.

The explosion on Saturday in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted residents who were evacuated from the militant-besieged towns of Foua and Kefraya in Idlib Province under a deal reached between the Syrian government and militants, Aljazeera reported.

At least 112 people were killed in the blast, raising the previous death toll of 43.

State media said a suicide bomber used a van meant for carrying aid supplies to enter the area. The explosion came from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Dozens of bodies littered the ground and ambulances were packed with victims.

The attack took place as thousands of evacuees from the besieged government-held towns of Foua and Kefraya waited to continue their journey to Aleppo, the coastal province of Latakia, or the capital, Damascus.

More than 5,000 people who had lived under the crippling siege for more than two years left the two towns, along with 2,200 evacuated from militant-held Madaya and Zabadani, on Friday.

Thousands of evacuees from Foua and Kefraya were stuck on the road in Rashidin when the blast struck.

The evacuation is set to see more than 30,000 people evacuated in two stages.

Hours after the explosion, the transfer resumed, as dozens of buses, starting with the wounded, left for their respective destinations. Before midnight on Saturday, 100 of some 120 buses had already arrived at their destinations.

The deal to evacuate the towns was the latest in a string of such agreements touted by the government as the best way to end the fighting.

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