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Last remaining rebels and civilians await Aleppo evacuation

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The last Syrian rebels and civilians are awaiting evacuation from the remainder of what was once a rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo, a day after the UN Security Council approved sending observers to monitor the exodus.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 15,000 people, among them 5,000 opposition fighters, have left the enclave since the rebels effectively surrendered the area under a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.

It is unclear how many remain.

Foreign ministers from Russia, Turkey and Iran are meeting in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss Syria, but the talks are likely to be overshadowed by the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov the previous night by an Ankara policeman, who after killing his victim cried out: “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!”

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