>> The evacuation of people from besieged eastern Aleppo is underway, but 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.
And handing Bashar al-Assad's army its biggest victory yet. One with the backing of Russian air power, and militias 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 populous city. The last opposition fighters granted safe passage to nearby villagers under a truce brokered by Russia and Turkey on Tuesday.
Renewed clashes on Wednesday delaying the plan. But just before dawn, a new truce, a late, faint hope for this ruined city.