BEIRUT A new deal has been reached to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo which stalled over demands from pro-government forces that two villages besieged by rebels must also be evacuated, a Syrian rebel told news channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath on Saturday.
Rebel official Al-Farouk Abu Bakr, speaking from Aleppo, said the deal comprised an evacuation from the two Shi’ite villages besieged by insurgents, the evacuation of wounded people from two towns besieged by pro-government forces near the Lebanese border, and the full evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
Officials from the Syrian government or the military alliance fighting in support of it could not be reached for immediate comment.
Abu Bakr did not say how many people would be evacuated from the two Shi’ite villages, al-Foua and Kefraya.
(Reporting by Mostafa Hashem in Cairo; writing by Tom Perry and Lisa Barrington; editing by Jason Neely)