CAIRO – The evacuation of three villages in northern Syria resumed on Friday after two days of blockade, both the official SANA news agency and a British war monitor reported.
Ten buses carrying people from Foah and Kefraya arrived in the city of Aleppo, controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as a preliminary step to the transfer to the Jibrin camp (north).
These vehicles are part of a convoy in which 3,000 people are traveling, including 700 militiamen loyal to the Damascus government.
In addition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 11 buses coming from Zabadani, with 300 people on board, mostly opposition fighters, reached the point of exchange between the two factions in the al-Rashidin area on the outskirts of Aleppo.
The SOHR added that the convoy hoped to continue its journey in the direction of the province of Idlib, controlled mainly by insurgent and Islamic groups.
These evacuations are part of an agreement – sponsored by Qatar – reached in March between Iran and Hezbollah, who support al-Assad, and the Islamist Jaish al-Fatah, and it also includes an exchange of prisoners.
According to the SOHR, the evacuation was stopped due to the fact that the authorities had not released 750 detainees, including women, from Idlib.
The NGO said it was still unknown whether these prisoners have been released or not.