Intense battles broke out this morning between government troops and rebels forces in the insurgent-held districts of Aleppo as an evacuation deal agreed on earlier collapsed.
According to a military source, rebel fighters holed up in Salaheddine and Sayf Al-Dawla districts violated the agreement with the Syrian authorities and attacked army troops, before their offensive was repelled by government forces.
Meanwhile, rebel rocket shelling on government-held districts in the city’s west killed at least 6 civilians and wounded scores others.
A convoy of green buses provided by the Syrian government arrived today early morning at the agreed-on place to initiate the evacuation process. However, it was shot at by rebel fighters who took advantage of the ceasefire to regroup themselves.
Yesterday, Turkish and Russian officials have agreed on a ceasefire whereby civilians as well as militants with their families be evacuated from the districts they control.
However, the deal collapsed as the real numbers exceeded 15,000 people, including 4000 fighters, mostly from Jabhet Fateh al-Sham and other extremist groups.
In a related context, a Syrian official source told the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV Channel that any deal about Aleppo can never be concluded without an inclusive overview of the military and humanitarian situation in other areas.