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Residents in a government-held part of Aleppo’s Salaheddin neighbourhood watch as buses evacuate rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in Syria’s northern embattled city on December 15, 2016. A convoy of ambulances and buses left rebel territory in Aleppo in the first evacuations under a deal for opposition fighters to leave the city after years of fighting. The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria’s second city, handing the regime its biggest victory in more than five years of civil war.



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