Evacuations of four areas in Syria have resumed days after the process, which is part of a deal between Damascus and militant groups, was interrupted by a bloody attack on a bus convoy carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in Idlib Province.
Some 45 buses carrying 3,000 civilians left the militant-besieged Shia villages of al-Foua and Kefraya near the northwestern city of Idlib on Wednesday morning, Syria’s Central Military Media reported.
A convoy of 11 buses also moved armed men and their families from the town of al-Zabadani in Rif Dimashq Province.
Under the deal reached between the Syrian government and militants in late March, the residents of Foua and Kefraya will be taken to the outskirts of Aleppo City, while the militants and their families will be transferred from Zabadani and Madaya near Damascus to militant-held territory in Idlib.
The evacuation process kicked off on Friday following a brief delay, but it came to a halt a day later when a bomber blew up an explosives-laden car ripping through several buses carrying evacuees from Kefraya and Foua.
The terrorist attack killed at least 126 people, including 68 children, and injured dozens of others.
On Wednesday, three buses also carried the wounded as well as the bodies of the attack’s victims.