Second convoy of ambulances and buses leaves Aleppo

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A second convoy of ambulances and buses carrying civilians and rebel fighters has left the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to Russia.

The Russian Defence Ministry said the convoy, accompanied by Russian military officers, will follow the same route out of Aleppo taken by the first convoy, which departed on Thursday afternoon.

The evacuations are part of a ceasefire deal meant to allow rebels to leave their last remaining enclave in the city.

It comes after a massive government offensive drove the opposition fighters from nearly all of eastern Aleppo, which they had held since 2012.

Russia is a key ally of Syrian president Bashar Assad, and has been providing air strikes in support of his forces for more than a year.

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