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    A Syrian national flag flutters near a general view of eastern Aleppo after Syrian government soldiers took control of al-Sakhour neigborhood in Aleppo, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on November 28, 2016.

    Withdrawal of Last Militants From Eastern Aleppo Yet to Start - Source

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    Evacuation of the last group of militants from the eastern part of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has not started yet, a source familiar with situation told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — At the same time, the ceasefire regime in the Syrian city has been respected during the night, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

    "Everything has been ready for the withdrawal of [militants from Aleppo] since the night fell. It was expected that the withdrawal would start early in the morning, but it has not started yet," the source said.

    Over the recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria between government forces and militants. On Tuesday, the Russian reconciliation center said that the Syrian army was controlling over 98 percent of the territory of the embattled city, with militants present in less than 3 square kilometers (1.1 square mile).

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