Russia claims Aleppo evacuations completed

World | 16 Dec 2016 8:17 pm

Russia is claiming that all women and children have been taken out of eastern Aleppo and that a final sweep by the Syrian military is underway to clear out the last remaining rebels in the city _ though there is no evidence on the ground of this. 

A statement from the Russian military's Center for Reconciliation in Syria says the evacuations have been "completed.'' It came shortly after the Syrian government said it was suspending the evacuations because a convoy leaving Aleppo was fired on by the rebels. 

The U.N. and international aid agencies insist there are still people in eastern Aleppo waiting to be evacuated. 

The Russian statement claims Russia said that over 9,500 people, including more than 4,500 rebels and 337 wounded, have been taken out of the rebel-held districts in eastern Aleppo. 

The Russian military also says some die-hard militants have stayed behind and are firing on the Syrian government troops. -AP

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