Dec 16, 2016

Aleppo evacuations continuing

The evacuation of Syrian civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo is continuing round the clock, as a truce was reported to be holding overnight.

The International Committee of the Red Cross told the BBC aid workers wanted to keep the momentum going.

More than 3,000 people were bussed out on the first day of the evacuation on Thursday, but the UN says as many as 50,000 are still trapped there.

Syria's army, backed by Russia, has taken nearly all rebel-held districts.

The US accused the Syrian government of carrying out "nothing short of a massacre" in the city.

(BBC News)