A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (16 April) on the attack on a convoy of evacuees from the Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya:
The news of the attack on the convoy of evacuees from Foah and Kefraya is deeply shocking. Yet again, people in Syria have been targeted in a callous attack. Our sympathy goes out to the victims and their families. A political settlement is the only way out of this spiral of violence and counter-violence. Everyone who can exert influence on the parties to the conflict in Syria must play their part in bringing the senseless killing to an end and in getting all parties back to the negotiating table.
Dozens of people were killed on Saturday afternoon in an attack on a convoy of evacuees from the Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya. The exact number of victims has not been established but Syrian state television spoke on Saturday evening of at least 39 dead and the Syrian White Helmets of around 100. It is not yet known who was responsible for the attack and the Government and opposition have put forward different versions. The convoy was part of an agreement between opposition groups, the Hezbollah and the Syrian Government on the evacuation of four towns, of which two were besieged by opposition groups and two by groups supporting the regime.