Video released on the internet on Sunday shows buses burning on a road in Syria. Syrian state TV and a war monitor say several were attacked en route to evacuate people from the besieged villages of al-Foua and Kefraya. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Video posted online on Sunday (December 18) shows buses on fire on a road in Syria with the sound of gunfire in the background. It follows reports by Syrian state television and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that several buses en route to evacuate ill and injured people from the besieged villages of al-Foua and Kefraya were attacked and burned on Sunday. The coalition of forces fighting for the government of President Bashar al-Assad are demanding people to be allowed to leave the two villages in Idlib province in exchange for allowing evacuations of rebels and civilians from east Aleppo. Syrian state media said "armed terrorists" - a term it uses for insurgent groups fighting against Assad's rule - attacked five buses and burned and destroyed them. Rebel officials said an angry crowd of people, possibly alongside pro-government forces, carried out the attack. A resident in the area told Reuters it was not carried out by the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, which had previously said it had not agreed to the evacuation of the two villages.