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Assad congratulates Syrian people on the liberation of Aleppo

IANS | Beirut |

Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad congratulated Syrians on Thursday following his government’s recapture
of Aleppo, where an operation is underway to evacuate rebels and civilians.

In a video published by local
media, al-Assad said there would be a “before and after in Aleppo”,
Xinhua news agency reported.

On Thursday morning, the
warring parties reached a ceasefire deal so evacuations could begin from the
rebel-held areas besieged by forces loyal to Assad.