People walk as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Rebel resistance in the Syrian city of Aleppo ended Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as rebels agreed to withdraw in a cease-fire.However, the war will still be far from over, with rebels retaining major strongholds elsewhere in Syria, and Daesh (ISIS) holding swaths of the east and recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra this week.A Reuters reporter in Aleppo said late Tuesday that the booms of the bombardment could no longer be heard.Fighters and their families, along with civilians who have thrown in their lot with the rebels, will have until Wednesday evening to quit the city, a Turkish government source said Tuesday. A commander with the Jabhat al-Shamiya rebel group said that Aleppo was a moral victory for the rebels.The U.N. earlier Tuesday voiced deep concern about reports it had received of Syrian soldiers and allied Iraqi fighters summarily shooting dead 82 people in recaptured east Aleppo districts.An official with an Aleppo rebel group said the bulk of about 50,000 people was expected to be evacuated.Fear stalked the city's streets.
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