Thousands flee heavy Aleppo fighting

Syrian civilians wait a checkpoint manned by pro-government forces after leaving Aleppo's eastern neighbourhoods on December 10, 2016Thousands of civilians poured out of rebel areas of Aleppo on Sunday as Syria’s army pushed to take the last remnants of opposition-held territory in the devastated city. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pounded the shrinking rebel enclave in east Aleppo with artillery and air strikes, a monitor said, with more than 10,000 people fleeing the area since midnight. To the south in Palmyra, a Russian aerial onslaught killed scores of Islamic State group fighters, forcing the jihadists to withdraw from the ancient city just hours after they had re-entered it.

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