Syrian government forces keep watch as civilians and fighters are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. AFP / STRINGER
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The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended Friday after pro-government fighters demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shiite villages being besieged by rebel fighters.Russia said the Syrian army had established control over all districts of eastern Aleppo although government troops were suppressing isolated areas where rebel fighters continued to resist.Rebel sources said pro-government Shiite militias opened fire on a convoy carrying evacuees from east Aleppo and robbed them. Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert after pro-government forces prevented civilians from leaving and deployed heavy weaponry on the road out of the area, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said.Iran had demanded that the villages be included in a cease-fire deal under which people are leaving Aleppo, rebel and U.N. officials have said. A Syrian rebel source said Jabhat Fatah al-Sham was the last rebel group to agree to let injured people out of the villages. The United Nations says 50,000 people remain in rebel-held Aleppo, of whom about 10,000 would be taken to Idlib province and the rest would go to government-held city districts.
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