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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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Bullets drop 'like rainfall' as Assad supporters celebrate

Syrian President Assad's government forces fired into sky in celebration of their impending victory against rebels in Aleppo.

Partying on the government side of the divided city lasted into the night with the final rebel-held districts left on the brink of collapse.

A Reuters reporter said bullets were coming down "like rainfall" as fighters shot into the air in triumph.

Syrian government forces fired into sky in celebration of the impending takeover of Aleppo. Credit: Reuters
Supporters of the government forces toured the streets throughout the night. Credit: Reuters
Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad flew the Syrian national flag with his picture. Credit: Reuters

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