Aerial video released by the Syrian army shows an evacuation convoy leaving east Aleppo at dawn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Syrian army and its allies published drone aerial video of a convoy carrying armed rebels leaving from eastern Aleppo at dawn on Monday (December 19) to Idlib and western Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, also said on Monday that 10 buses had left the besieged Shi'ite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya near Idlib carrying evacuees through rebel-held territory towards Aleppo. The evacuation of wounded and other civilians from the villages is a condition for the evacuation of people in the besieged rebel zone of Aleppo, Syrian state media reported on Sunday (December 18). In the last rebel area of Aleppo, thousands are still waiting to leave, people there have said, many of them without homes after having been displaced during the fighting of recent weeks. The Syrian army and its allies made swift advances from November 24 across east Aleppo, which rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad had held for years, under an intense bombardment. Defeating the rebellion in Aleppo, which was Syria's largest city before the war, will constitute Assad's biggest victory in the civil war which began in 2011 with mass protests against his rule.