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Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a convoy of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries aid to southern besieged village of Nawa in the province of Daraa, Syria, Saturday, July 30, 2016. International aid organizations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been distributing aid to besieged areas around Syria over the past weeks. (SANA via AP)

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a convoy of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries aid to southern besieged village of Nawa in the province of Daraa, Syria, Saturday, July 30, 2016. International aid organizations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been distributing aid to besieged areas around Syria over the past weeks. (SANA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released on Friday, July 29, 2016 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, buildings prepared by the Syrian government to host people who will left rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave. The Russian military says 169 civilians have left through the corridors since they were set up, but Syrian opposition activists say no civilians have left besieged parts of the city. (SANA via AP)

    In this photo released on Friday, July 29, 2016 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, buildings prepared by the Syrian government to host people who will left rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave. The Russian military says 169 civilians have left through the corridors since they were set up, but Syrian opposition activists say no civilians have left besieged parts of the city. (SANA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released on Friday, July 29, 2016 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, municipal workers prepare aid inside buildings prepared by the Syrian government to host people who will left rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave. The Russian military says 169 civilians have left through the corridors since they were set up, but Syrian opposition activists say no civilians have left besieged parts of the city. (SANA via AP)

    In this photo released on Friday, July 29, 2016 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, municipal workers prepare aid inside buildings prepared by the Syrian government to host people who will left rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave. The Russian military says 169 civilians have left through the corridors since they were set up, but Syrian opposition activists say no civilians have left besieged parts of the city. (SANA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian state media is reporting that dozens of families have started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave.

State TV showed dozens of women and children arriving at the Salaheddine neighborhood.

State news agency SANA said civilians later boarded buses and were taken to shelters set up by the government on the western side of Aleppo.

SANA said some fighters came forward to government forces where they handed over their weapons and surrendered to authorities.

Syria's President Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender over the next three months.

The government completely closed the main road into the rebel-held parts of Aleppo on July 17.