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'At least 68 children' among 126 killed in Syria bus bomb attack

'At least 68 children' among 126 killed in Syria bus bomb attack

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria to monitor the conflict, said hundreds of people were also wounded in the blast.

In a statement released on Sunday, Secretary General of the WFPIST Ayatollah Mohsen Araki strongly condemned the terrorist attack on buses carrying displaced civilians from Syria's towns of Foua and Kefraya that killed dozens of "innocent people", mostly children, near Aleppo.

Video shown on Syrian state-run television showed heavily damaged and burned buses parked on the side of a road.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV, earlier said that 3,000 people will be evacuated from Foua and Kfarya, while 200, the vast majority of them fighters, will be evacuated from Zabadani and Madaya.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned today a terrorist attack in Syria against a convoy of buses evacuating 5,000 civilians and armed opponents who chose to leave their terrorist-besieged towns.

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The BBC reported that he wished that the god may sustain the efforts of those who were bringing healing and comfort to the people of Syria.

The vehicle bombing in Rashid on Saturday hit government supporters who had been stranded on buses on the edge of Aleppo city for more than 30 hours.

The Saturday blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck, rocked the rebel-held Rashideen area in the countryside of Aleppo province, where buses carrying 5,000 pro-government Shiites were waiting for the reactivation of a deal created to secure their transportation to the government-controlled area in Aleppo.

No one has claimed the attack, but both the Islamic State group and the al-Qaida-affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front have targeted civilians in government areas in the past.

Rebels say they amount to forced relocation after years of bombardment and crippling sieges.

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The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo province, also known as the White Helmets, said their volunteers pulled at least 100 bodies from the site of the explosion.

"We are anxious about the reaction of the regime for what happened", he said.

Residents of al-Foua and Kefraya waited in the Rashidin area. An AFP correspondent, west of Aleppo speaking before the reports of an explosion, said coaches carrying government evacuees had not moved in 30 hours.

Meanwhile residents from the Shiite villages were still waiting in insurgent territory on Aleppo's outskirts to cross into the city, the Observatory and a witness said.

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