Middle East

Rebel evacuation from Homs halted over problems delivering aid: reports

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad cheer upon the release of their comrades by rebels in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr May 7, 2014. They were freed as part of a larger deal which saw the last remaining Syrian rebels in central Homs city evacuate their positions and free captives in several locations in northern Syria. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) MILITARY)

BEIRUT: The evacuation of rebels from the old city of Homs came to a halt Wednesday, after an aid convoy was prevented from entering the villages of Nubl and Zahraa in Aleppo, Al-Jadeed television reported.

The two Shiite villages are under siege by rebel forces, and the deal to evacuate the rebels in Homs was contingent on aid being allowed into the villages.

The anti-regime activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that there was a problem with the aid delivery in Aleppo province, saying the convoy had been stopped by an Islamist brigade.





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