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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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Aleppo's darkest chapter in Syria's civil war

  • ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reporting from Aleppo

As President Bashar al-Assad's soldiers emerged from battle celebrating, reports from the besieged Aleppo told of mass killings of civilians trapped in the city.

The UN claims that mass executions of women and children are taking place but it has stopped short of accusing Syria of war crimes.

In the neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha, nobody dares to criticise the army or speak of the violence it may have meted out.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers has witnessed the devastation left behind in Aleppo.

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