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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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Osborne: MPs must take responsibility for Aleppo tragedy

MPs were part of a "vacuum of Western leadership" responsible for the tragedy of Aleppo, former chancellor George Osborne has said.

The backbench Conservative MP told the debate in the Commons there were "multiple opportunities to intervene" in the bloody Syrian conflict since it began in 2011.

"It is something we could have foreseen and done something about," Mr Osborne said.

George Osborne said MPs wasted the opportunity to take decisive military action.

Referring to Parliament's majority vote against military action against Syria in 2013, he said: "We are beginning to learn the price of not intervening in Syria."

He added: "Let's be clear now: If you don't shape the world, you will be shaped by it."

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston said it was a "savage" attack on the failure of the West.

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