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Red Cross: Evacuation of Aleppo residents completed
09:51, 23 December 2016
Red Cross: Evacuation of Aleppo residents completed

Thousands of people deceased over the two years-long siege of the ancient Syrian city

09:51, 23 December 2016

Reuters

The rescue and evacuation mission in Syrian Aleppo and two other inhabited localities in the Idlib province is over. Krista Armstrong, the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said this as quoted by Reuters.  

‘Peaceful civilians – everyone willing to leave the city – were evacuated. So were the wounded ones and the participants in military actions,’ Armstrong said.

The joint search and rescue operation took a week, as Syria’s Red Crescent and the Red Cross joined efforts to save the unarmed people of Aleppo.

Previously, the last remnants of rebel units left the war-torn city.

The battle for Aleppo lasted for four consecutive years, since 2012; the western part of the city was under control of the anti-government rebels for more than four years, half of that time – under siege.  The recent fights for eastern Aleppo took huge casualties among the civilians, partly due to the Russian air strikes.

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