Aleppo falls: Syrian army takes city after horror battle

THE Syrian army is now in control of Aleppo, as the final group of civilians and rebels are evacuated from the city.

It marks the end to the uprising against Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad, which began in 2011 as part of the "Arab Spring", and involved the deaths of an estimated 400,000 people.

BBC News is reporting UN figures that suggest 34,000 people had been taken from the city since last Thursday.

They have been taken to rebel-held territory west of Aleppo.

Assad's fight against the rebels has been supported by Russian air strikes.

His army used Syrian television to announce the "return of security to Aleppo after its release from terrorism and terrorists".

Aleppo was once Syria's largest city, and its commercial and industrial hub.