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Islamic Extremest Attack and Set Fire to Evacuation Buses in Aleppo

A man on a motorcycle drives past burning buses after they were attacked and burned, in Idlib province, Syria December 18, 2016. Photo – Ammar Abdullah

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ALEPPO – Muslim extremests from the Islamists of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, previously known as Nusra Front, attacked and burned buses that were assigned to evacuate wounded and ill people from the besieged villages of Kefraya and al-Foua in Syria’s Aleppo Governorate on Sunday.

The Extremists, Syrian and Russian forces have been fighting, attacked and burned at least five buses that were heading to the besieged villages in Aleppo countryside to evacuate civilians affected by the conflict,” informed local sources told ARA News.

In the meantime, Syrian rebel factions in Aleppo condemned the attack.

Jahbat Fateh al-Sham was previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front. In July the extremist group announced that it had split from al-Qaeda and was rebranding.

“This attack by Fateh al-Sham could have serious consequences on the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters trapped in eastern Aleppo,” said media activist Adnan Halwani.

“The regime will most likely use the Fateh al-Sham’s burning of buses near Kefraya and al-Foua as an excuse to attack evacuees from eastern Aleppo,” Halwani told ARA News.

The buses were reportedly burned during clashes between the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and rebel factions that supported the evacuations.

Last Tuesday, Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo agreed to withdraw from the besieged eastern part of the war-ravaged city on Tuesday evening, after a ceasefire agreement was reached.

The rebel resistance ended after the armed opposition groups suffered heavy losses under siege and bombardment by the Syrian Army forces, allied militias and the Russian Air Force.

“The battle for Aleppo has ended with a victory for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and Russia,” human rights activist Louay al-Halabi told ARA News at the time.

This comes after years of fighting that claimed lives of tens of thousands in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

By: Helin Saeed | ARA News 

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