December 15, 2016 / 6:40 AM / in a year

Guns fall silent in Aleppo with evacuation due to start

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Guns fell silent in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, a Reuters witness in the city said, and an official with an Aleppo rebel group said a ceasefire had taken hold at 2:30 a.m. (0030 GMT).

Civilians fill containers with water in a rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo, Syria December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

A Syrian official source told Reuters that an operation to organise the departure of fighters from rebel-held eastern Aleppo had started.

Reporting by Tom Perry/Laila Bassam

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