Russia calls for Syria ceasefire as rebel Aleppo evacuated

Syrians evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, arrive in opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region, west of the cityRussia announced Friday it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. President Vladimir Putin’s intervention came as Russian drones and troops supervised the hard-won evacuation deal following a Western outcry over the Syrian army’s operation to recapture the city. “The next step (after Aleppo) will be to reach agreement on a complete ceasefire across all of Syria,” Putin said on the sidelines of a visit to Japan.

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