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Civilians still unable to evacuate Aleppo

Syrian men carry injured children amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Mashhad in the northern city of Aleppo, on July 25, 2016.
Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / Baraa Al-Halabi
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After four years of war, the battle for Aleppo has once again come to a temporary halt. However, this pause in fighting comes after most of the Syrian city was taken back by Bashar al Assad’s regime.

Russia says military operations have come to an end. A ceasefire is in place and rebel fighters have agreed to leave. The agreement, brokered by Russia which supports the regime and Turkey which backs the opposition, allows civilians and all rebel fighters to evacuate after weeks of intense bombing in the besieged city.

CIVILIANS AND THE WOUNDED WERE EXPECTED TO LEAVE EASTERN ALEPPO

Civilians and the wounded were expected to leave eastern Aleppo at 0300 GMT on Wednesday. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says for an unknown reason, the evacuation has been delayed.

The evacuation deal is temporary and will expire on Wednesday night.

BUT, IT CAME AFTER AN ONSLAUGHT DESCRIBED BY THE UNITED NATIONS

But it came after an onslaught described by the United Nations (UN) as a “complete meltdown of humanity.”

Several reports are suggesting that dozens of civilians were killed before the deal was struck.

TRT World correspondents Ediz Tiyansan in Turkey’s Gaziantep and Andrew Hopkins in Ankara have more.

United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has criticised Syria and its allies for the atrocities committed in the lead-up to the ceasefire.

SYRIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN BASHAR JAAFARI HAS REJECTED THOSE ALLEGATIONS

Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari has rejected those allegations.

TRT World correspondent Colin Campbell bring us the latest developments from Washington DC.

Source: Trt

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