Excerpt from Mic
Written by Talia Jane
The ceasefire between Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's Russian-backed army, which was intended to allow civilians and rebels to leave eastern Aleppo unharmed, was broken early Wednesday, CNN reported.
The agreement, brokered by Turkey and Russia, had promised peaceful evacuation for rebels and civilians from towns under rebel control — an attempt to expedite a full government takeover of Aleppo. But buses sent into the city this morning to shuttle out rebels and civilians remained empty amid a new round of shellings.
A rebel spokesman based in Turkey told Reuters: "There is fierce bombardment by the regime forces on besieged Aleppo, using artillery, tanks and mortars." Reuters also reported, citing a pro-opposition TV station, that the evacuation could be delayed until Thursday.