Syria: Al-Fua and Kafraya citizens recount siege, evacuation

Civilians evacuated from the pro-government Shia villages of al-Fua and Kafraya, in Syria's north-western Idlib province, recounted their experience from the Jebreen camp in Aleppo on Thursday. The two settlements have been under siege from Sunni militants since 2015. «We were under a harsh siege; we were in a shortage of gas and food. Mortars were falling like hurled stones,» one resident... Еще recalled. «We were suffocated; this suffocation was like hard death.» Syrian government news agency SANA said «121 buses and tens of ambulances» participated in the evacuation of al-Fua and Kafraya, as it travelled through militant-held territory on its way to safety in Aleppo province. The two villages were emptied in three batches. The operation was part of a deal struck between the government and opposition forces.

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