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Evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo

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Women and children with their baggage await evacuating from the eastern part of Aleppo, Syria. Photo Ghith Sy/EPA

A wounded by sits inside an ambulance as Syrian civilians and their families gather at the rebel-held al-Amiriyah neighbourhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city on December 15, 2016.  Russia, Syrian military sources and rebel officials confirmed that a new agreement had been reached after a first evacuation plan collapsed the day before amid fresh fighting. Syrian state television reported that some 4,000 rebels and their families were to be evacuated.    / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRIKARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images

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A wounded boy sits inside an ambulance as Syrian civilians and their families gather at the rebel-held al-Amiriyah neighbourhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa. Photo Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty 

 A reflection on waste liquid shows a woman wawing Turkish and Free Syrian flags as an aid convoy to Aleppo organized by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is about to leave, on December 14, 2016 in Istanbul.   Turkey's aid campaign for the besieged people of Aleppo continued with several nongovernmental organizations sending food, water and clothing. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

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A reflection on waste liquid shows a woman waving Turkish and Free Syrian flags as an aid convoy to Aleppo is about to leave Istanbul for Syria. Photo Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty 

Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, arrive in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016, after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters.  Syrian rebels withdrew from six more neighbourhoods in their one-time bastion of east Aleppo in the face of advancing government troops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian residents, fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, arrive in Aleppo’s Fardos neighbourhood after regime troops retook the area from rebel fighters.
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A civil defence member attempts to get out of a site hit at night by an airstrike in Saraqeb, in rebel-held Idlib province, Syria December 11, 2016. Picture taken December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A civil defence member attempts to get out of a site hit at night by an airstrike in Saraqeb, in rebel-held Idlib province, Syria. Photo Ammar Abdullah/Reuters 

A picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in Ramouseh, a government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria December 8, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

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A picture of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is seen in Ramouseh, a government controlled area of Aleppo, Syria. Omar Sanadiki/Reuters 

A member of the Syrian government forces inspects a post used by the rebels in the newly captured Al-Safa neighbourhood of Aleppo on December 7, 2016. Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians Wednesday after losing more than three quarters of their territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive.

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A member of the Syrian government forces inspects a post used by the rebels in the newly captured Al-Safa neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photo George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty 

Kefa Jawish (L) and her husband Tajeddin Ahmed look a destroyed building in the Aleppo's northeastern Haydariya neighbourhood as they head to check their house for the first time in four years on December 4, 2016.    Jawish was among hundreds of Syrians returning to east Aleppo in recent days after the army recaptured large swathes of the city from rebels and encouraged residents to visit neighbourhoods and homes they left years earlier.   / AFP PHOTO / Youssef KARWASHAN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY RIM HADDADYOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Kefa Jawish and her husband Tajeddin Ahmed look a destroyed building in the Aleppo’s northeastern Haydariya neighbourhood as they head to check their house for the first time in four years. Jawish was among hundreds of Syrians returning to east Aleppo in recent days after the army recaptured large swathes of the city from rebels and encouraged residents to visit neighbourhoods and homes they left years earlier. Photo Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty 

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / AMEER ALHALBIAMEER ALHALBI/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 24, 2016. Photo Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, evacuate a child during a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus, on November 22, 2016.   / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANYAMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, evacuate a child during a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus 

TOPSHOT - Syrian women walk during a sandstorm near at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the group's de facto capital on November 10, 2016. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said their advance on Raqa was being held back by a sandstorm that had hit the desert province. Speaking in Ain Issa, the main staging point for the operation some 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Raqa, the commander said the sandstorm was also impeding visibility for coalition warplanes.  / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMANDELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian women walk through a sandstorm near a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, which housing people who have fled Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa. Photo Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position on November 3, 2016, at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria's second city.  Syrian rebels launched a new wave of car bombs and rockets on Aleppo's western districts, redoubling their efforts to break the government's three-month siege of the city. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadourOMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria’s second city. Photo Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Abu Omar's daughters Ghazal and Deema (R) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on October 30, 2016. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of 2 weeks. The shelter is 4 meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-DoumySAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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Abu Omar’s daughters Ghazal and Deema (right) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of two weeks. The shelter is four meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. Photo Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian rebel fighters demonstrate fighting capabilities during a graduation ceremony in the northern Syrian city of Idlib on October 27, 2016.  Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.  / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadourOMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian rebel fighters demonstrate fighting capabilities during a graduation ceremony in the northern Syrian city of Idlib. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty 

Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city on October 25, 2016.

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Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city. Photo Georges Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

 A woman poses at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area on October 17, 2016 in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria's Hasakeh province.  The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from jihadists could unleash a massive humanitarian crisis, potentially pushing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes as winter sets in. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMANDELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman poses at a refugee camp housing Iraqi families who fled fighting in the Mosul area in the northeastern town of al-Hol in Syria‘s Hasakeh province. Photo Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty 

Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital. Photo AFP/Getty 

Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Civil defense members carry an injured man after an air strike in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria. Photo Bassam Khabier/Reuters

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army take part in a battle against the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in the northern Syrian village of Yahmoul in the Marj Dabiq area north of the embattled city of Aleppo on October 10, 2016.  Syria's main opposition group called Monday for foreign allies to supply rebel forces with ground-to-air weapons to counter deadly air raids in Aleppo.  / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-KhatibNAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army take part in a battle against the Islamic State group jihadists in the northern Syrian village of Yahmoul in the Marj Dabiq area north of the embattled city of Aleppo. Photo Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty 

Participants celebrate during 'I Love Damascus' marathon at Umayyad Square in Damascus,

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Participants celebrate during an ‘I Love Damascus’ marathon in Damascus, Syria. The capital has avoided the worst of the country’s five-year war in which over 400,000 people have been killed. Photo Omar Sanadiki/Reuters.