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Syria car bombing kills at least 43 evacuees

  • Published at 09:08 pm April 15th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:20 pm April 15th, 2017
Syria car bombing kills at least 43 evacuees

A suicide car bombing killed at least 43 people Saturday in an attack near buses for Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted residents evacuated from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya under a deal reached between the regime and rebels.

A witness in rebel-held Rashidin saw several bodies, body parts and blood scattered on the ground.

"The suicide bomber was driving a van supposedly carrying aid supplies and detonated near the buses," the Observatory said. It warned that the death toll was likely to rise given the "several dozen wounded" at the blast site.

State television said the car bombing had been carried out by "terrorist groups", a term the regime applies to all armed opposition groups.

It was not immediately clear if rebels at the transit point were among the dead.

The attack took place as thousands of evacuees from the besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya waited to continue their journey to regime-controlled Aleppo, the coastal province of Latakia, or Damascus.

More than 5,000 people who had lived under crippling siege for more than two years left the two towns, along with 2,200 evacuated from rebel-held Madaya and Zabadani, on Friday.

They were headed for regime or rebel-held areas via government-held second city Aleppo.

Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya were stuck on the road in Rashidin when the bomb went off.

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