Aleppo Evacuation of Civilians Suspended

A ceasefire agreement meant to evacuate tens of thousands of rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo has been suspended.

This marks the second time evacuation efforts in Aleppo have been stalled. Earlier in the week, a ceasefire deal collapsed less than a day after it was implemented.

Reuters reports the suspension is due to pro-government forces demanding wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters. 

Aljazeera reports State TV said rebel groups were attempting to smuggle prisoners and heavy weapons with them, violating the terms of the ceasefire agreement.

But, the Turkish state news agency said pro-government forces attacked the convoy.

According to Aljazeera, the government-run SANA news agency reported more than 8,000 residents have been evacuated. NPR reports that they are conflicting claims on how many people have been evacuated.