After Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad suspended the ceasefire pact allowing residents to leave rebel territory in Aleppo, rebels now disallowing evacuation from Idlib

Aleppo: How rebels won then lost key Syrian city – BBC News

How the Syrian rebels captured then lost Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo according to the BBC.

Negotiators are struggling to stave off the complete collapse of a ceasefire agreement intended to allow Syrians to flee the besieged city of Aleppo but which is largely being ignored by the Assad regime. Approximately 8,000 civilians were evacuated before the abrogation of the ceasefire agreement and tens of thousands remain in the small territory still held by rebel forces.



The ceasefire evacuation was suspended due to al-Qaeda-backed terrorist groups in Fua and Kefraya disallowing the free movement of citizens out of those territories in Idlib. Another point of contention was the Assad regime’s seizure of a convoy of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent which has supervised the evacuation of the city of Aleppo. Humanitarian agencies warn of an increasingly dire situation within the rebel-held areas of the city, citing reports from those on the ground such as one rebel fighter who said: “The situation of the wounded who remain in Aleppo is horrible…No medicine, no disinfectants, nothing at all. The situation is tragic.”

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