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Russia says 10,500 people have left eastern Aleppo in last 24 hours
December 9, 2016 / 2:03 PM / a year ago

Russia says 10,500 people have left eastern Aleppo in last 24 hours

MOSCOW (Reuters) - As many as 10,500 people have left eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours, Russian Defence Ministry official Sergei Rudskoi said on Friday.

People, who evacuated the eastern districts of Aleppo, stand with their belongings in a government held area of Aleppo, Syria December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

In comments broadcast on state television, Rudskoi said the Syrian army had taken 93 percent of Aleppo and freed 52 blocks from opposition fighters. He said the Russian and Syrian air forces had not operated over the city since Oct. 18.

reporting by Jack Stubbs, writing by Denis Pinchuk, editing by Jack Stubbs

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