At least one dead as pro-Assad militia fires on Aleppo convoy

Regime-allied militia fired on the first evacuation convoy carrying civilians out of rebel-held districts of the Syrian city, killing at least one, possibly four people.

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

The convoy was stopped before clearing the besieged eastern part of Aleppo on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Militia allied to the Syrian regime opened fire on a convoy as it prepared to leave rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday.

Civil defence rescue officials said at least one person was killed. A reporter at the scene of the attack said four people were killed and several injured when Iranian-backed militia opened fire on the convoy.

The convoy was the first to leave the city after a new deal was struck overnight to evacuate injured civilians from eastern Aleppo. After the attack it returned to the Syrian city.

A separate evacuation of opposition fighters from Aleppo was also planned for Thursday. Russian soldiers were preparing to lead rebels out of Aleppo, the defence ministry in Moscow said. It said the Syrian regime had guaranteed the safety of the rebels and their families, who would be taken towards Idlib, a city in northwestern Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies