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Erdogan: Over 1,100 Civilians Leave Eastern Aleppo on First Day of Evacuation

© AFP 2022 / ADEM ALTANTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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More than 1,100 civilians have been evacuated from Syria’s Aleppo, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A general view shows smoke and flames rising from buildings in Aleppo's southeastern al-Zabdiya neighbourhood following government strikes on December 14, 2016. - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) — More than 1,100 civilians have been evacuated from Syria’s Aleppo to the northwestern city of Idlib on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“Today 1,150 civilians were evacuated from Aleppo, including sick and injured,” Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara as quoted by the NTV television channel.

He expressed hope that the next time there would be no obstacles so that women, children and injured people could move to Idlib and receive aid as quick as possible.

Earlier in the day, the Russian reconciliation center said it was preparing in collaboration with the Syrian authorities to evacuate militants and their families out of the eastern Aleppo in accordance with Russian President Vladimir Putin's order. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, three convoys with evacuees have already left the city.

Over the recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria with the government troops seeking to liberate the city divided into the western part held by the government and the eastern part controlled by the militants. The Russian reconciliation center said Wednesday only 1 square mile of the city's territory was still under the militants’ control.

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