December 15, 2016 / 6:14 AM / a year ago

Syrian official says operation begins to evacuate eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian official source told Reuters on Thursday that an operation to organise the departure of fighters from eastern Aleppo had started.

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

“The operation to organise the departure of gunmen from eastern Aleppo has now started,” the Syrian official source said.

Reporting by Laila Bassam; Writing by Tom Perry

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