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Even when the Syrian people think they are being saved, they aren’t.
On Saturday, a convoy of evacuation buses carrying Syrian citizens fell victim to a bomb attack. The death toll from a bomb attack has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast came as buses of people were leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap. People were evacuating two rebel-held towns in southwest Syria under a so-called Four Towns Agreement.
At least 109 of those killed were evacuees villages of Al-Fu’ah and Kafraya. However the rest were aid workers and rebels guarding the convoy, according to the Syrian Observatory. At least 68 children were among those killed in the attack. In addition to the deaths, 55 others were also injured in Rashidin, a suburb of Aleppo, according to Syria Civil Defense.
The convoy of buses were parked at the time though the evacuees were bound for regime-held parts of Aleppo. No group has claimed responsibility.
During an interview, Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said he doesn’t believe the Syrian regime is behind the attack. His reasoning is the regime kills people daily using all types of weaponry and doesn’t need to kill its own sympathizers.
Rebel group Ahrar al-Sham tweeted that some of its members died in the blast. Apparently members of the group were at the site to ensure the convoy’s passage. The group says they are investigating to find out who is responsible.
For a country ravaged by civil war for the last six years, this marks another tragic chapter. The deal exchange was a brokered deal made with the assistance of Iran and Qatar. The remaining buses in the convoy continued on to their destinations, arriving late Saturday night.
One can only hope soon peace can be reached.