Aleppo: Civilian convoy comes under deadly fire during evacuation

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New York [United States], Dec. 15 (ANI): With a civilian convoy coming under deadly sniper fire in besieged Aleppo in Syria in violation of a tenuous ceasefire, a major operation to evacuate the injured civilians resumed on Thursday. An operation to evacuate the injured from eastern Aleppo began tentatively on Thursday after previous attempts failed on Wednesday. A new ceasefire was agreed overnight after an earlier truce brokered by Turkey collapsed According to CNN, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it was working alongside the Syrian Red Crescent to bring around 200 wounded people out of rebel-controlled districts. Earlier, one person was killed and four others injured when a truck carrying volunteer rescuers from the White Helmets group, who were attempting to clear a path for ambulances, were shot at, according to Dr. Hamza al-Khateab, the manager of Aleppo's al-Quds hospital. The White Helmets confirmed on Twitter that a "volunteer" was "shot and injured by a regime sniper while clearing ambulance route in west Aleppo," while the AMC also reported "direct fire by the Syrian regime" on the convoy. The attack had brought the evacuations to a halt, but the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a tweet that they had resumed by the early afternoon, carrying 200 wounded people. (ANI)