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Aleppo Evacuation Halted After Rebels Burn Buses

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

Syrian rebels have burned down several buses meant to transport sick and wounded individuals trapped in two rebel-besieged villages.

The buses were part of the evacuation effort of more than 2,000 Syrians from an area under opposition control.

State media blame the burnings on “armed terrorists,” a collective name for any group fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mayadeen, a pro-government television station, put the responsibility on a rebel group formerly known as Nusra Front. (RELATED: Russia, Assad Poised To Win Game-Changing Victory)

The burnings further halted plans to restart the evacuation of east Aleppo, but convoys reportedly resumed Sunday night.

Thousands of civilians were left without shelter or access to food when initial evacuation plans collapsed Friday.

The UN Security Council agreed Sunday to draft a resolution to send officials to monitor the evacuations in Aleppo. Russia previously threatened to veto the draft, but it is expected to pass unanimously.

“We expect to vote unanimously for this text tomorrow [Monday],” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, according to BBC.

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