06:53 GMT07 July 2020
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    Syrian President Bashar Assad described the liberation of Aleppo from militants as a 'watershed moment' that will change the course of history.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian General Staff said earlier on Thursday that all districts previously controlled by militants in eastern Aleppo have been freed, while the first convoy carrying over 1,000 evacuees has successfully left the area.

    "I think we will speak of the liberation of Aleppo as what was before the liberation and what will be after," Assad was quoted in a statement by his press service.

    Making a reference to the biblical account of the time before Christ and after Christ, Assad stressed that every Syrian citizen has contributed to "the writing of history."

    Over the recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria between government forces and militants.

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