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Aleppo evacuation operation 'in last stages'

The evacuation of civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo is in its "last stages," the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.

Around 34,000 people have been evacuated in the week-long rescue operation.

Over 4,000 rebel fighters left between Wednesday and Thursday to rebel-held western rural Aleppo, as per an agreement reached with the government.

Thousands are expected to be evacuated as the rescue operation continues throughout Friday, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

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Clash with militias could have stopped Aleppo evacuation

A clash between rebels leaving Aleppo and militias could have been the reason the evacuation from the Syrian city broke down today.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers, one of the few western journalists in Aleppo, said rebels claim militias shot at their people as they were trying to evacuate, reporting four had been killed.

If confirmed, it would constitute a war crime, but Hezbollah denied that anyone had been killed in the incident.

Separately, a photo has also emerged showing people lying in the road, apparently being guarded by militia who were unhappy with the evacuation process.

"Clearly something went dramatically wrong today," Dan told ITV News at Ten.

But he said there was still hope of the deal getting back on track.

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