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Syrian Army's Operation to Liberate Militants-Controlled East Aleppo Ends

© Photo : Vanessa BeeleySyrian Arab Army celebrating victory in Sheikh Saeed, East Aleppo.
Syrian Arab Army celebrating victory in Sheikh Saeed, East Aleppo. - Sputnik International
The Syrian army's operation to liberate militants-controlled eastern Aleppo has ended, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The operation of the Syrian army on the liberation of militants-controlled eastern districts of Aleppo has been completed."

According to the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, the Syrian government forces are eliminating separate hotbeds of militants' resistance in Aleppo.

Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carry their national flags and gesture as they tour the streets in celebration of what they say is the Syrian army's victory against the rebels in Aleppo, Syria December 12, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, a Syrian state-run TV channel reported that militants shelled an evacuation corridor from eastern Aleppo in the Ramuse district and violated an agreement with the Syrian government by attempting to take hostages with them. The Syrian army has been sent to the area.

On Thursday, the Russian General Staff said that a total of 105 districts in Aleppo had been freed by the Syrian army.

Syrian President Bashar Assad called the liberation of Aleppo a "watershed moment" on Thursday.

An operation to evacuate militants and their families, as well as civilians who wanted to leave eastern Aleppo, had been held with the assistance of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation and the ICRC staff. Currently, the evacuation "of all those who wanted to leave eastern Aleppo" has ended.

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