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Russian military video shows Aleppo evacuation route

Russias defence ministry has released a military video showing the humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of a rebel-held area of Aleppo. The drone video purports to show rebels and civilians being transported out of the eastern part of the city on 20 buses and 10 ambulances. Syria has guaranteed their safety. The evacuation was due to take place yesterday, but was postponed after a truce brokered by Syrian ally Russia and rebel ally Turkey broke down. The evacuation of the city will end years of fighting and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Dec 15, 2016
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Orphan children trapped in Aleppo plead to leave

In a video posted by pro-opposition Syrian TV channel, Halab Today TV, a group of children from inside Aleppo plead for their lives and describe the terrifying barrage of airstrikes they are enduring. A 10-year-old girl called Yasmeen Farmouz speaks on behalf of the group of youngsters, and asked people all over the world to help them evacuate from their city, which is currently under heavy bombardment from the Syrian government forces, supported by Russia war planes and Iranian militia groups. The video was released after reports that the evacuation efforts for civilians has been delayed again. The United Nations said the bombardment of the city could amount to war crimes. Dec 15, 2016
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White House: Aleppo a deeply tragic situation

The White House condemned the bombardment of Syrias second biggest city, Aleppo, saying the upsurge was a deeply tragic situation. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the US was working through a variety of diplomatic channels to bring the bloodshed to an end. Dec 15, 2016
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Aleppo residents raid abandoned rebel HQ for basic supplies

Aleppo residents are taking advantage of rebel groups leaving the besieged city by raiding their abandoned headquarters. Residents found basic food and supplies at the headquarters of rebel group Jaish al-Islam, based in a school affiliated with the Syrian Ministry of Education. Local residents complained that militants had taken much of the aid meant for civilians, as well as international aid packages. Dec 14, 2016
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Syria: Hundreds protest outside Downing Street over Aleppo offensive

Around 200 people demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street on 13 December, calling on the UK government to do more to help the people of Aleppo, Syria. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad say they have control of 98% of the city, and the Russian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Vitaly Churkin said that military action in the area has ceased. Concern remains, however, for the tens of thousands still trapped in besieged areas of Aleppo, with the UN reporting that pro-government forces had been summarily killing civilians. Dec 14, 2016
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Boris Johnson and George Osborne criticise Government over Syria

During an emergency debate in the House of Commons on 13 December, both Boris Johnson and George Osborne have been critical about Britain’s lack of action in the Syrian Civil War. The two leading Conservatives called out Western powers, including Britain, for allowing Russia and Assad to seize control of the conflict. Syrian pro-government forces have claimed to have taken 99% of Aleppo, but reports of atrocities and executions of civilians are emerging from the besieged city. Dec 13, 2016
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Pro-government Syrian forces release footage of Aleppo advance

Government forces clashed with rebel fighters in a bid to retake the city of Aleppo. Footage released by the Syrian army shows them firing weapons while sweeping through the streets, as pro-government forces claim to have taken 99% of the city. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of atrocities against civilians in eastern Aleppo, and footage shows the decimation of parts of the city. Retaking the city would be Assad’s biggest victory since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Dec 13, 2016