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Crisis in Syria

Last round of evacuations underway in Aleppo

After a delay of more than 24 hours, evacuations resumed in Aleppo, Syria, on Wednesday.

Last week, an agreement was reached between the government and opposition forces that lets fighters and civilians leave besieged neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, but it has not been a smooth process, with clashes between the rebels and the regime. The Associated Press reports that four buses that left the last opposition-held stronghold have arrived in the western Aleppo countryside, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 60 buses are expected to transport 3,000 fighters and civilians later in the day.

Fighting has raged in Aleppo between government forces and their allies and rebel groups since 2012, and after the evacuations are over, the regime is expected to declare it has full control of the city.