December 16, 2016 / 9:32 AM / 10 months ago

Aleppo evacuation halted as blasts heard

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - The evacuation of people from eastern Aleppo was suspended on Friday and a Reuters witness heard at least four blasts at a location where buses had been departing.

Buses are seen parked in Aleppo's government controlled area of Ramouseh, as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo, Syria December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A state-run Syrian TV station reported that rebels had breached an agreement with the government by trying to take prisoners with them during the evacuation.

A Syrian official overseeing the evacuation told Reuters it had been obstructed due to “obstructions”.

Reporting by Laila Bassam; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones

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