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In Pictures : “The last 24 hours inside the haunted Aleppo”

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Smoke rises among damaged buildings in the al-Mashhad neighborhood in Aleppo after attacks of Assad forces and allied militias.


Nearly 1,000 civilians and 26 wounded people have been evacuated in buses and ambulances from a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo.


Aleppo : The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it expects this number to double by the end of the day.

Government forces, backed by Russian allies, took nearly all remaining rebel-held parts of Aleppo this week after a four-year battle.

It represents a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

He hailed the “liberation” of Aleppo and said history was being made.

Evacuation under ceasefire

The evacuation of civilians, rebels and their families had been due to take place on Wednesday but an earlier ceasefire deal collapsed.

It is unclear how many rebels are being evacuated along with civilians. The evacuees are being transferred to rebel-held areas in neighbouring Idlib province.

Syrians, who were evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, arrive in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region, west of the city, on December 15, 2016

“This for us is the first step, it was a positive one,” Robert Mardini, ICRC regional director for the Near and Middle East, told Reuters news agency in Geneva.

“We were able so far to evacuate 26 wounded persons from east Aleppo and close to 1,000 civilians, who were transferred from east Aleppo to western rural Aleppo.”

Syrian state TV had earlier said that “4,000 rebels and their families would be evacuated from eastern districts on Thursday”, adding that “all the procedures for their evacuation” were ready.

A statement from the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, part of Russia’s ministry of defence, said the Syrian authorities had guaranteed the safety of all members of the armed groups who decided to leave Aleppo.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim movement backing the Syrian government, said there had been “big complications” but that “intensive contacts… led to re-consolidating a ceasefire to exit armed fighters from eastern districts”.

The rebels confirmed a fresh ceasefire had come into effect at 03:00 GMT and that a new deal had been agreed, reported BBC news

Below are some pictures taken in last 24 hours.

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A man prays over the graves of family members in the al-Mashhad neighborhood.

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Civilians fill containers with water in a rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo.

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Civilians stuck in the al-Mashhad neighborhood walk through a street to reach the area where the evacuation of the civilians will take place.

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Smoke is seen billowing in the background of a rebel-held neighborhood, as shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the streets.

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Smoke rises from buildings in the southeastern al-Zabdiya neighbourhood following government strikes.

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Syrian pro-government forces patrol the city.

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Syrian civilians flee from the al-Sukari neighborhood during the ongoing government forces military operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in Aleppo.

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Syrian pro-government forces advance in Jisr al-Haj during the ongoing military operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in Aleppo.

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Syrian pro-government forces talk in the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood.

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Smoke and flames rise from buildings in the al-Zabdiya neighborhood following government strikes.

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Syrian pro-government forces standing in the streets of the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood.

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Tanks from the Syrian pro-government forces drive through the streets of the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood.

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Syrian pro-government forces rest by a fire in the Jisr al-Haj neighbourhood.

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An injured man sits on a stretcher at a field hospital after the Iranian-led Shia militia opened fire on an Aleppo convoy evacuating civilians.

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Buses wait to evacuate rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held areas.

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Children try to get warm as they wait to be evacuated.

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An ambulance waits to transport wounded Syrians and their families in the al-Amiriyah neighborhood.

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Civilians help Aa injured man as rebels and their families gather in al-Amiriyah and wait to be evacuated.

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Syrians gather in the al-Amiriyah neighborhood and wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city.

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Civilians from the besieged area wait to be evacuated from eastern Aleppo under the siege of Iranian-led Shia militias and Assad regime forces.

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Russian soldiers gather in the government-held side of Aleppo before the start of the evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families.

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Staff from the International Red Cross and from the Syrian Red Crescent are seen as evacuation efforts begin.

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A Syrian man cries during the evacuation operation.

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Syrian Red Crescent staff pull a stretcher with a wounded person during the evacuation operation.

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Buses wait to leave rebel territory in Aleppo under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting.

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“Some day we will return” is written in Arabic on the window of a bus with children inside.

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Children are seen inside a bus as rebel fighters and their families are evacuated from rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo.

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Syrian government forces walk along the street in Aleppo before the start of the evacuation operation.

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A convoy of ambulances and buses carrying rebel fighters and their families leave rebel-held territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations.

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