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Image: Buses are seen parked in Aleppo's government controlled area of Ramouseh, as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo

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Thousands Leave Rebel-Held Aleppo Before Evacuations Halt

The evacuation of eastern Aleppo stalled Friday as both sides traded blame.

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Image: Syrians are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo

Syrians are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on Dec. 16, 2016.

The second day of the operation to take fighters and civilians out of Aleppo's rebel enclave ground to a halt amid recriminations from all sides after a morning that had seen the pace of the operation pick up.

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Image: Buses are seen parked in Aleppo's government controlled area of Ramouseh, as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo

Buses are parked in Aleppo's government-controlled area of Ramouseh as they wait to evacuate civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo on Dec. 15. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said a total of 8,000 people, including some 3,000 fighters and more than 300 wounded, had left the city in convoys of buses and ambulances since the evacuation began on Thursday morning.

 

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Image: 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

A wounded boy sits inside an ambulance as Syrian civilians and their families gather at the rebel-held al-Amiriyah neighborhood as they wait to be evacuated to the government-controlled area of Ramoussa on the southern outskirts of the city, on Dec. 15.

 

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Image: A man pushes a cart with a woman lying on it as vehicles wait to evacuate people from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo

A man pushes a cart with a woman lying on it as vehicles wait to evacuate people from rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Dec. 15. 

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Image: People walk as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo

People evacuate eastern Aleppo on Dec. 15.

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Image: People walk with belongings as they gather to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo

A cart is piled high with belongings as people evacuate rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Dec. 15. 

 

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Image: An elderly Syrian man is carried during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters

An elderly Syrian man is carried during the evacuation of rebel-held neighborhoods on Dec. 15.

 

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Image: Syrians gather during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighborhoods

Syrians leave a rebel-held neighborhood on Dec. 15.

The evacuations seal the end of the Syrian rebels' most important stronghold — the eastern part of the city of Aleppo — and mark a watershed moment in the country's civil war, now in its sixth year.

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Image: Residents in a government-held part of Aleppo's Salaheddin neighborhood watch from their damaged homes as buses evacuate rebel fighters and their families

Residents in a government-held part of Aleppo's Salaheddin neighborhood watch from their damaged homes as buses evacuate rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria's northern embattled city on Dec. 15.

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Image: Syrians, who were evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, arrive in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region

Syrians, who were evacuated from rebel-held neighborhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, arrive in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region, west of the city, where humanitarian groups will transport the civilians to temporary camps on the outskirts of Idlib and the wounded to field hospitals, on Dec. 15.

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Image: A Syrian man, who was evacuated from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo, cries upon his arrival in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region

A Syrian man evacuated from rebel-held Aleppo cries upon his arrival in the opposition-controlled Khan al-Aassal region on Dec. 15.

The evacuations seal the end of the Syrian rebels' most important stronghold — the eastern part of the city of Aleppo — and mark a watershed moment in the country's civil war, now in its sixth year.

Then and Now: Aleppo's Landmarks Bear Scars of War

 

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