A convoy evacuating civilians and opposition group members from east Aleppo arrives in opposition controlled Rashideen Town on December 22, 2016. Photo: AFP/ Ahmed Al Ahmed

A week-long operation to evacuate tens of thousands of people from east Aleppo as well as two Shi’ite villages in Syria’s Idlib province is complete, says the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“All civilians who wished to be evacuated have been, as well as wounded and fighters,” Red Cross spokeswoman Krista Armstrong said on Thursday. The aid agency led the complex operation in snowy winter conditions with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the battered city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the nearly six-year-old war.

The ancient city has been divided into rebel and government parts since 2012.

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