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Syria Aleppo: thousands of trapped civilians wait as evacuation halts

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Syria Aleppo: thousands of trapped civilians wait as evacuation halts

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Amid recriminations on all sides, fears are growing for the thousands of people still desperately trying to flee Eastern Aleppo after the operation to evacuate the city ground to a halt.

Confusion reigns as to why the evacuation was stopped, but shootings and accusations that rebel groups had failed to respect the truce by lifting their own sieges may have played a crucial factor.

At present, it is believed up to 8,000 people may have already left Aleppo, with a significant of those number making their way to rebel held territory around Idlib. Many of those leaving are in desperate need of medical care.

The UN says as many as 50,000, cold and hungry civilians, are still waiting to be rescued from Syria’s second largest city.