Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said in a statement on Saturday that it and the Syrian army had fulfilled their obligations by safely transporting a convoy of Daesh fighters and their families out of Syrian government territory.

However, it said US warplanes were stopping the convoy from moving towards its destination in Daesh-held territory and were also preventing any aid reaching the buses, which had old people, casualties and pregnant women aboard.

Six buses from the convoy were still in Syrian government territory and in the care of Hezbollah and the Syrian government, the statement said.

Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia group allied to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, called on the international community to intervene to prevent what it called a massacre of the people stuck on the buses in the desert.

The US-led coalition fighting Daesh has said it would block the convoy from reaching areas controlled by the jihadist group in eastern Syria but would not attack the convoy because it contains civilians as well as fighters.

The coalition says it has struck Daesh fighters in vehicles moving towards the convoy but will not strike any civilian vehicles. It said on Friday that the convoy was still in government-held territory.

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