The final stage of the evacuation of rebel-held districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo is reportedly facing delays. State media blamed rebels in nearby Idlib province, accusing them of preventing the simultaneous evacuation of two pro-government Shia towns there. The Red Cross says some 25,000 people have left Aleppo in the past week. They are being transported to rebel-held territory in the countryside west of Aleppo and in Idlib, where camps are being set up. If the delays are resolved, BBC correspondent says, Wednesday could be the day the whole of Aleppo returns to government control.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says 10 more buses have arrived to the west Aleppo countryside in northern Syria evacuating residents from the opposition’s last foothold in eastern Aleppo. Ingy Sedky, Damascus spokeswoman for the ICRC, says evacuations would continue throughout the day. The ICRC says 25,000 people have been bused out of east Aleppo since rebels effectively surrendered the area under an Ankara- and Moscow-brokered deal. It’s unclear how many remain.