World Bulletin / News Desk
Convoys of evacuees traveled from a opposition-held area of Aleppo and from two villages besieged by opposition on Monday after a days-long stand-off.
More than 65 buses carrying thousands of people from Aleppo's tiny opposition zone reached opposition areas of countryside to the west of the city, according to a United Nations official and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.
The evacuation of civilians, including wounded people, from the two villages which have been besieged by opposition for years, was a condition for the Syrian army and its allies to allow thousands of fighters and civilians trapped in Aleppo to depart
"First limited evacuations, finally, tonight from east Aleppo and Foua & Kefraya. Many thousands more are waiting to be evacuated soon," Jan Egeland, who chairs the United Nations aid task force in Syria, tweeted late on Sunday night.
Syrian state TV and pro-Damascus stations showed the first four buses arriving in Aleppo from the besieged villages, accompanied by pick-up trucks and with people sitting on their roofs.
Later on Monday, the Security Council will vote in New York on a resolution to allow U.N. staff to monitor the evacuations. The draft resolution was the result of a compromise between Russia and France, and the United States said it was expected to pass unanimously.