May 24, 2017
At least 68 children died in a blast that hit buses carry evacuees from besieged towns in Syria, according to a monitoring group.
The death toll from the bomb attack on a crowded bus convoy outside Aleppo has reached at least 126 – including the dozens of children – in the deadliest such incident in Syria in almost a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
Syrian rescue workers of the Civil Defence said that they had taken away at least 100 bodies from the site of Saturday’s blast, which hit buses carrying Shia residents as they waited to cross from rebel into government territory in an evacuation deal between the warring sides.
The British-based Observatory said the number was expected to rise.
The United Nations is not overseeing the transfer deal, which involves residents of al-Foua and Kfarya, as well as the opposition-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani. All four have been under siege for years, their fate linked through a series of reciprocal agreements that the UN says have hindered aid deliveries.