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A carefully choreographed mass evacuation in Syria

A carefully choreographed mass evacuation in Syria

One convoy approached from the right, the other from the left. The buses rolled to a halt at the midpoint of the Ramousseh bridge, where a group of ambulances, aid workers and uniformed soldiers had been waiting for hours. 

Minutes passed with both convoys frozen in place, all part of the intricately choreographed evacuation deal between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the rebels trying to overthrow him.

One of the convoys on Monday contained some of the thousands of people being evacuated from the rebels’ bombed-out districts in eastern Aleppo – ending their five-year battle to take control over the city, the largest in Syria. They were...