68 children children among those killed in Aleppo bomb attack

By late Saturday, monitors from the Syrian Observatory said the convoy near Aleppo was again under way, while official Syrian media said the first buses carrying Shi'ite evacuees had reached government safety in Aleppo.

The Observatory said that the evacuation process was resumed soon after the blast.

A Syrian child, wounded in a suicide auto bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo on April 15.

"We're sad and angry about what has happened".

'I didn't know what was happening, all I could hear was people crying and shouting, ' she said.

Syrians, evacuated from two besieged government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, flee into a field near the site of a suicide vehicle bombing that targeted their buses in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, on April 15.

Those killed in the blast were mostly villagers fleeing al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, but also included rebel fighters who were guarding the convoy. But the Syrian government has also consistently referred to fighters who oppose President Bashar al-Assad as "terrorists".

The recently reached deal between the rebels and the Syrian government under the supervision of Iran, Turkey and Qatar was created to secure the evacuation of people from the pro-government Shiite towns of Kafraya and Foah in Idlib province toward government areas in Aleppo province.

The evacuation process resumed after the bombing, the Observatory said, with the residents of Fuaa and Kafraya eventually arriving in Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city, which the government gained full control of previous year.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking source at the opposition accused the Syrian regime of planning the explosion, adding that the auto bomb that arrived to the convoy of buses "came from a pro-regime area and carried food".

Syria's main Western-backed opposition, the Free Syrian Army, also condemned the bombing as a terrorist act.

The blast hit buses in the Rashidin area on Aleppo's outskirts, which had been waiting to cross from rebel-held territory into the government-controlled city itself, carrying people evacuated from two Shiite villages on Friday.

Foua and Kfraya, besieged by the rebels, lived under a steady hail of rockets and mortar fire.

It was not immediately clear if the evacuees feared attacks similar to Saturday's bombing. After a United States strike, Asma had posted a message on one of her accounts saying: "The presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic affirms that what America has done is an irresponsible act that only reflects ashortsightedness, a narrow horizon, a political and military blindness to reality and a naive pursuit of a frenzied false propaganda campaign".

The evacuation has moved the country closer to a division of its national population along loyalty and sect lines.

Afandar said people were not allowed to leave the buses for a while before they were let out. He said the regime kills scores of people daily using all types of weaponry and doesn't need to kill its own sympathizers.

  • Leroy Wright