Evacuation of rebels from Aleppo begins

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in Aleppo (Photo: Getty)

BBC – Hopes have risen that a planned evacuation of rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo will begin soon, after an earlier deal collapsed.

Rebel sources said a new truce had been in effect from 03:00GMT and evacuations would take place on Thursday.

Russia’s defence ministry and sources from Syria’s army and the Hezbollah group said preparations were under way.

One convoy of ambulances did try to leave but was shot at and had to turn back, rebel sources said.

Rebel fighters and civilians had been due to leave the city early on Wednesday, but a ceasefire collapsed.

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