Deadly clashes hit Aleppo as evacuation deal on hold

A deal to evacuate civilians and fighters from remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo is on holdDeadly clashes erupted in Syria’s Aleppo on Wednesday and a deal for the evacuation of rebel areas was on hold, leaving thousands of cold and hungry civilians uncertain of their future. Entire families had gathered in the early hours, in the hope of leaving Aleppo after an agreement announced the night before for rebels to withdraw from the city. The landmark deal — which would mark the end of opposition resistance in Syria’s second city after years of fighting — appeared increasingly precarious as the regime, the rebels, and their foreign allies traded accusations.

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