Aleppo evacuation nears its end amid heavy snow

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, about 25,000 people have been evacuated from Aleppo.

Aleppo evacuation nears its end amid heavy snow

After a day of delay, the final evacuations of rebels and civilians from the northern city of Aleppo have resumed even amidst heavy snowfall.

"The buses are now moving again from east Aleppo," a U.N. official in Syria told Reuters.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) 60 buses were ready to evacuate 3,000 people from freezing temperatures in eastern Aleppo in what would be the final step of rebels leaving the part of Aleppo they seized four years ago. However, the buses were held up due to a last-minute snag in the evacuation agreement.


Evacuations from the last rebel-held enclave of Aleppo have resumed despite heavy snowfall after being stalled for a day, according to aid officials and pro-government media reports.

It had been reported that the obstacles hindering evacuations from eastern Aleppo and from two villages besieged by opposition fighters outside the city had been overcome on Wednesday, clearing a path for Syria's army to take full control of the devastated city. The rebels and government blamed each other for the problems.

The complete departure of the thousands from the rebel-controlled zone will hand full control of the city to President Bashar al-Assad, the biggest prize of Syria's nearly six-year-old civil war.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, about 25,000 people have been evacuated from Aleppo. In another report, a UN official said that 750 people had so far been evacuated from Foua and Kefraya.

It is to be noted that for the past four years, he city has been split between a rebel-held eastern sector and the government-held western districts.

During the summer, the army and allies forces besieged the rebel sector before using intense bombardment and ground assaults to retake it in recent months.

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