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Iran condemns deadly Takfiri bombing of bus convoy in Syria’s Aleppo

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Syrian children, wounded in a car bombing that targeted their buses in Rashideen, west of Aleppo, as they were being evacuated from al-Foua and Kefraya as part of a deal between the militants and the Syrian government receive treatment at a hospital in the government-held part of Aleppo on April 15, 2017.

Iran has condemned a deadly Takfiri bomb attack on buses carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the condemnation on Saturday while offering his condolences to the Syrian government and nation.

Earlier, at least 40 people were killed in the blast, which hit al-Rashideen district on the western outskirts of Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital Damascus, as buses were stopping at a checkpoint.

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The buses were evacuating residents of Kefraya and al-Foua villages in accordance with an agreement reached between the Syrian government and foreign-sponsored Takfiri militant groups last month.

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“The shameful criminal act by Takfiri terrorists in the cowardly attack on buses carrying the people of al-Foua and Kefraya in Syria and killing tens of innocent and defenseless women and children have added to the record of atrocities carried out by terrorists and their supporters,” said Qassemi.

He went on to slam those who claim to be supporters of the Syrian nation but refrain from commenting on such actions.

Qassemi further stressed that dividing militants into “good and bad” by supporters of such groups only serves to embolden terrorists.      

Buses carrying Syrians, evacuated from the towns al-Foua and Kefraya, arrive at Aleppo's al-Ramoussa crossing as they make their way to a makeshift shelter in Jibrin on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo, on April 15, 2017, as part of a deal between the militants and the Syrian government.

Evacuee buses arrive in Aleppo

Later on Saturday, the SANA news agency announced that the final series of buses taking people from the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya have arrived in Aleppo.

Some 15 buses transporting hundreds of civilians arrived in al-Ramousa where they were put up in a fully stocked temporary housing center.

Before that, several ambulances transporting those injured in the earlier attacks arrived in the city.

A total of 75 buses and 20 ambulances had been scheduled to arrive in Aleppo on Friday, but infighting between the terrorists had halted the convoy’s departure.

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