Re­lated Evac­u­a­tions may re­sume•

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beirut» Rebel and gov­ern­ment forces agreed Satur­day to al­low “hu­man­i­tar­ian cases” to leave two be­sieged gov­ern­ment-held Shi­ite vil­lages in north­west­ern Syria, a step that would al­low the re­sump­tion of civil­ian and rebel evac­u­a­tions from east­ern Aleppo which were sus­pended a day ear­lier, Hezbol­lah’s me­dia arm and a mon­i­tor­ing group said.

The op­po­si­tion’s Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the evac­u­a­tion of about 4,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing wounded, from the vil­lages of Foua and Kfarya was ex­pected to start Satur­day.

It later re­ported that 29 buses were head­ing to­ward the two vil­lages to start the evac­u­a­tion process, adding that in­sur­gents in the area re­jected al­low­ing 4,000 peo­ple to leave and say­ing they will only al­low 400 peo­ple to be evac­u­ated.

The Syr­ian army said another 25 buses left later Satur­day head­ing to the two vil­lages.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the al­leged evac­u­a­tion lim­its set by the in­sur­gents in the two vil­lages would un­der­mine evac­u­a­tion ef­forts in Aleppo.

Hezbol­lah fight­ers have joined the Syr­ian war fight­ing along with Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s forces. Op­po­si­tion ac­tivists blamed the Le­banese group for block­ing the main road south of Aleppo and block­ing evac­u­a­tions from rebel-held east­ern neigh­bor­hoods of the city.

Syr­i­ans walk along a de­stroyed street in the old city of Aleppo on Satur­day as pro-gov­ern­ment forces re­open roads that were bar­ri­caded to di­vide rebel and gov­ern­ment-held ar­eas. Youssef Karwashan, AFP/Getty Im­ages

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