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 Russia's General Staff announces completion of Aleppo operation

Government troops are wiping out scattered groups of radicals who have refused to leave the city.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has announced the completion of the operation to retake the city of Aleppo, Сensor.NET reports citing TASS.

"The operation to clear Aleppo of terrorists is over," chief of the Russian General Staff's main operations directorate, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said.

He added all civilians and the bulk of militants had left the blocked quarters of eastern Aleppo.

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As also reported, more than 3,400 gunmen of Syria's moderate opposition have voluntarily laid down arms in the course of the operation to liberate Aleppo's eastern quarter.

Previously, Russia's Defense Ministry said the whole of 5,000 fighters and their family members were to be removed from the eastern part of the city. Yesterday, ambulances were reported to have come under fire during the evacuation of people.
 
 
 
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