>> The evacuation of people from besieged eastern Aleppo is under way, though it began under fire. Three people injured on Thursday when fighters loyal to the government shot at a convoy as it prepared to leave the rebel held enclave. 5,000 rebels and their families are leaving in ambulances and buses, ending years of fighting over the city.
Reuters Senior Correspondent Laila Bassam is in Aleppo, where she watched the first convoy from the roof of a ruined house on the former front line with a family that had just returned to live there.>>
> The destruction is horrifying in. I was in front of a building where all the floors had collapsed because of the bombardment. The scale of destruction really struck me, it's as though there'd been an earthquake.>> The last opposition fighters have been granted safe passage to nearby villages, under a truce brokered by Russia and Turkey on Tuesday.
One of them said to me, thank God Aleppo is one city again, not divided into east and west.>>
Regaining control over the whole of Aleppo hands Bashar Assad's army it's biggest victory yet. One with the backing of Russian air power and militia's from Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. In the past two weeks their crushing advance drove the rebels into an ever smaller pocket of Aleppo, once Syria's most popular city.
Renewed clashes on Wednesday delaying the plan before a new truce. Assad saying on Thursday in a cellphone interview that what he called a leper's liberation would change the face of the region. This trail of destruction he called, history in the making.