Aleppo evacuation efforts under way

A Syrian military source said a new deal had been reached for rebels to evacuate the last territory they control in Aleppo, but made no mention of arrangements for civiliansEfforts to evacuate the last rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo were underway on Thursday, with opposition fighters and civilians preparing to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria’s second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war. More than a dozen empty buses and several ambulances moved towards a staging area in the south of the city where evacuees were expected to arrive and board the vehicles, an AFP correspondent said.

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