Syria army tells remaining rebels to quit Aleppo

A tractor carrying people evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo arrives in opposition-controlled Khan al-Assal on December 16, 2016Syria’s army on Tuesday urged the last remaining rebels and civilians to leave the bombed-out eastern quarters of Aleppo as it prepares to take full control of the devastated city. The evacuation of east Aleppo is seen as a pivotal moment in the nearly six-year war that has killed more than 310,000 people and triggered a major humanitarian and refugee crisis. At least 25,000 people have left rebel districts of east Aleppo since evacuations began last week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which is overseeing the operation.

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