After four years of war, the battle for Aleppo has once again come to a temporary halt. However, this pause in fighting comes after most of the Syrian city was taken back by Bashar al Assad’s regime.
Russia says military operations have come to an end. A ceasefire is in place and rebel fighters have agreed to leave. The agreement, brokered by Russia which supports the regime and Turkey which backs the opposition, allows civilians and all rebel fighters to evacuate after weeks of intense bombing in the besieged city.
Civilians and the wounded were expected to leave eastern Aleppo at 0300 GMT on Wednesday. But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says for an unknown reason, the evacuation has been delayed.
The evacuation deal is temporary and will expire on Wednesday night.
But it came after an onslaught described by the United Nations (UN) as a “complete meltdown of humanity.”
Several reports are suggesting that dozens of civilians were killed before the deal was struck.
United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has criticised Syria and its allies for the atrocities committed in the lead-up to the ceasefire.
Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari has rejected those allegations.