Aleppo battle: Syrian city ‘back under government control’

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The Syrian army has retaken control of the besieged city of Aleppo, following the evacuation of the last group of civilians and rebels, a statement says.

A UN official said earlier that more than 34,000 people had been removed since last Thursday.

The evacuees have been taken to rebel-held territory in the countryside west of Aleppo and in Idlib province.

This is a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad, whose campaign was aided by Russian air strikes.

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