Car bomb kills hundreds of Syrian evacuees
A car bomb detonated in the vicinity of a convoy of buses carrying evacuees from besieged rebel-held towns on the outskirts of Aleppo, killing over 100 civilians.
Several rebel fighters who were guarding the convoy, which was ferrying civilians from al-Foua and Kefraya to government-territory, were also among the dead.
The bomb exploded at the checkpoint where the handover of civilians was to happen.
Details of the bombing
The bomb allegedly went off in a truck that was disguised as aid-truck distributing chips. It drove up beside the convoy, detonating at 3:30 PM local time.
The convoy was carrying 5000 Shia civilians, toward safety in government held territories.
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The Four Towns deal
It was meant to facilitate the exchange of Shias under siege by al-Qaeda and rebel forces, and Sunnis who are besieged by government forces.
It involves exchanging civilians by bus at pre-determined checkpoints.
A forced demographic change?
The evacuation of Kefraya and al-Fuaa, the last Shia pockets in the North, would mean Shias would no longer exist in the rebel-held North. Observers have called it a "forced demographic change...under international patronage."