Residents of east Aleppo anxiously await evacuation: Al Jazeera

Ceasefire reportedly holding in Syria’s Aleppo, yet no fighter or civilian has yet left besieged districts of the city.

Srinagar: An agreed evacuation of rebels and civilians from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo has been delayed, according to activists in besieged parts of the city and a monitoring group, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

Bus-loads of people were set to begin leaving this morning as part of a deal with the government, whose forces have effectively taken control of the entire city after weeks of heavy fighting, the report added.

No rebel or civilian had left eastern Aleppo as of 5 am (0300 GMT), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group that relies on a network of informants in the country to monitor the war, said early on Wednesday, the report said.

“The group did not give a reason for the delay of the evacuation. One Syrian rebel official told the Reuters news agency that pro-government Shia militias were obstructing the departure of people from opposition-held districts in a claim that could not be independently verified,” the report said.

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