Thursday, December 15, 2016

Rescuers Evacuate Aleppo Civilians from Fighters; Leave Syrian City by Bus Despite Govt. Sniper Fire

Rescuers today (December 15, 2016) began to evacuate the last civilians trapped by fighting in eastern Aleppo, and deadly sniper fire struck even before the buses left, but unlike yesterday -- when the sniper fire aborted the departure -- the evacuation is proceeding, according to the Newser website.

Under a new deal brokered by Russia and Turkey, civilians and anti-government rebels in the last sliver of eastern Aleppo that was still under rebel control were to board ambulances and buses for the trip out.

But as people were beginning to do so, government snipers opened fire, killing one and injuring about six more, a rescue service spokesman said.

The evacuation will mark a huge win for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's six-year civil war, allowing him to reclaim the city of Aleppo.

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