Syria government renews shelling on east Aleppo: Al Jazeera

“Iran rejected the deal and hasn’t allowed the city to be evacuated. It has also laid down some conditions of its own,” Abdul-Mumin Zeineddin, a coordinator for the armed opposition in Aleppo, told Anadolu news agency, the Al Jazeera report said. 

Srinagar: Syrian government forces renewed shelling on the last holdouts of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, raising fears that a deal to evacuate civilians and fighters from the devastated city may not be honoured, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday evening.

“There is artillery [being fired] now … as I speak,” Zouhir Al Shimale, a journalist in east Aleppo, told Al Jazeera in a WhatsApp message on Wednesday, the report said.

“There aren’t any clashes,” he told Al Jazeera, explaining rebel groups were not fighting at the moment. “There are injuries, but we don’t know how many. We can’t go outside because the shelling is indiscriminate.”

On Tuesday night, it was announced a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel groups would allow for the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents from the last pockets of rebel-held eastern Aleppo to the Idlib area or to Turkey.

The deal was brokered by Turkey and Russia.

The arrangement was delayed on Wednesday morning, though, with rebel groups claiming a government-aligned Shia militia had turned back evacuees and demanded rebel-imposed sieges of the Shia majority towns of Kafraya and Fua were first lifted, the report added.

“Iran rejected the deal and hasn’t allowed the city to be evacuated. It has also laid down some conditions of its own,” Abdul-Mumin Zeineddin, a coordinator for the armed opposition in Aleppo, told Anadolu news agency, the report said.

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