Aleppo evacuation underway


An operation to evacuate a besieged rebel-held enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo is now well under way.

Syrian state TV showed footage of ambulances and a long line of green buses leaving eastern Aleppo.

A rescue service spokesman claimed the first ambulances were shot at by pro-Assad militias as they crossed out of the east of the city, killing one person and wounding another three.

Russia has said the rebels will be transported on 20 buses and 10 ambulances in a corridor towards Idlib.

The Russian defence ministry said Syrian authorities had guaranteed the safety of the rebels and their families and added it would use drones to monitor the convoy.

There were reports that shots had been fired at the convoy.