New Delhi: The death toll have risen to a 100 following a scheduled mass evacuation, when a suicide bomber attacker detonated a car bomb near a convoy waiting to enter the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday. The blast hit the Rashidian area on outskirts of Aleppo, where dozens of bus carrying mostly Shia residents of two villages that are being evacuated in a deal between warring sides were waiting to enter the city.
The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians from four areas as part of population transfer has been postponed, a day after more than 126 people were killed including 68 children, in a deadly blast and the death toll was expected to rise.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said they have taken away over a 100 bodies from the site of the blast, which hit buses carrying Shia residents waiting to cross from rebel into government territory in a evacuation deal between the warring sides.
Residents evacuated from two area near Aleppo alongside hundreds of pro-government fighters had left the two rebel-besieged villages in northwest Idlib province under a deal whereby, in exchange.
Head of the British-based Syrian Observatory Abdurrahman and Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV, earlier said that 3,000 people will be evacuated from Foua and Kfarya, while 200, the vast majority of them fighters, will be evacuated from Zabadani and Madaya.
However, the attack were not claimed by any group immideately, but Islamic State group and Al-Qaida affiliated Fateh-el-Sham Front have targeted civilians in government areas in the past. A wounded girl told Al-Manar fron her hospital bed that children who were deprived from food in the two villages were approached by a man told them to come and eat potato chips. One they all gathered around, there was an explosion that tore some children into pieces.
The United Nations is not overseeing the transfer deal, which involves residents of the pro-government villages of Four and Kfarya and the opposition-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani. All four town have been under siege for years, their fates linked through a series of reciprocal agreements that the UN says have hindered aid deliveries.
On Sunday, UNICEF's executive director, Anthony Luke in a
statement said that after six years of war and carnage in Syria "there comes a
new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one.
" We must draw from this not only anger, but renewed determination to reach all the innocent children throughout Syria with help and comfort," he said.