The process of evacuating tens of thousands of rebels and civilians from the last rebel-held pockets of east Aleppo has been suspended, a day after convoys of buses and ambulances began taking residents out of the city.
The reason for halting the evacuation process was unclear.
Anti-government activists said pro-government militias blocked the passages and fired on the convoys to protest the continued siege of two Shiite villages by rebels, while Syrian state media accused that rebels groups were attempting to smuggle prisoners and weapons out of the area and were firing on the convoy of the evacuees, The New York Times reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu quoted by Turkish media said that talks between Syrian government and opposition forces would held in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
According to state-run SANA news agency, more than 8,000 residents, including fighters, have been evacuated from east Aleppo.
The evacuation of residents from east Aleppo to rebel-held was brokered by Turkey and Russia and carried out under the supervision of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Red Cross.
According to WHO representatives in Syria, “a very high number of people”, 50,000 to 1,oo,ooo, were still need to be evacuated from east Aleppo.