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“Aleppo Terrorists Took Hostages, Remains of Syrian troops, Arms”

18 December 2016 15:13

Bashar Ja'afari, Syria's U.N. ambassador, speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Ja'afari says the use of chemical weapons is not only "a red line" but "a blood line" that cannot be tolerated and is again demanding a U.N. investigation of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Aleppo that his government blames on rebels. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Syria’s Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari said that a deal to evacuate Aleppo broke down over violations by terrorists who took hostages, the remains of Syrian Army troops, and prohibited weapons with them.

“More than 9,449 terrorists [and members of their families] have evacuated from the eastern part of the city, due to the agreement made for this purpose and thanks to Russian mediation,” Jaafari told RT.

He then explained why the evacuation stopped amid reports the Syrian Army blamed the militants for violating the evacuation deal.

“Unfortunately, the agreement was violated today by the terrorist groups who took hostages with them and corpses of Syrian Army martyrs while they were exiting the city,” Jaafari said. “[They also] were transferring medium-caliber weapons after dismantling them in violation [of the] agreement.”

The agreement “does not allow them to take with them any prisoners, any hostages, and any corpses of Syrian Army soldiers killed by them – but they did,” he explained, also adding that only light weapons were supposed to be taken out of the militant-occupied areas, but not the heavier arms.

Jaafari estimated that a “couple thousand” of militants that refused to exit the city altogether comprise of “the most radical elements.” He claimed that those belonged to groups “working for Turkish intelligence.”

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