Last updated: March 19, 2018

UN begins major evacuation in Syria as peace talks fray

On the outskirts of the Syrian rebel-held town of Madaya, where dozens of residents starved to death last year, seven large white buses were used to evacuate residentsThe UN began evacuating hundreds of people from besieged Syrian towns in a rare sign of humanitarian progress, as the US Air Force for the first time deployed a B-52 bomber against the Islamic State group. In Geneva, where UN-brokered peace talks have faltered as a fragile ceasefire has come under strain, the Syrian government meanwhile said it was pushing on with indirect negotiations, calling the opposition's freeze on taking part "absurd theatre". The anti-government High Negotiations Committee this week suspended its participation in the talks, which do not include either IS or Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Al-Nusra Front, until it could see progress on political transition and humanitarian issues.

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