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Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo's opposition

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, a Syrian army soldier places a Syrian national flag during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo is set to be recaptured by Syrian President Bashar Assad, but the victory will not be Assad's alone. The battle for Syria's largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces, including Russian soldiers and thousands of fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, a Syrian army soldier places a Syrian national flag during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo is set to be recaptured by Syrian President Bashar Assad, but the victory will not be Assad's alone. The battle for Syria's largest city has attracted thousands of foreign forces, including Russian soldiers and thousands of fighters from Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, attends a meeting on Syria, in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.  Leading diplomats from US, Europe, middle east and Syria's opposition are meeting in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, attends a meeting on Syria, in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Leading diplomats from US, Europe, middle east and Syria's opposition are meeting in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left; British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault talk during a family picture prior to a meeting in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

    From left; British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and French Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault talk during a family picture prior to a meeting in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria's desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz.

With tens of thousands of civilians fleeing, Kerry said he is working to ensure their safety and to save Aleppo "from being absolutely, completely destroyed."

Kerry is meeting in Paris on Saturday with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, European and Arab diplomats and members of Syria's opposition.

Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian military experts and diplomats are meeting in Geneva on Saturday to work out details of the rebels' exit from eastern Aleppo.

Backed by Russia and other allies, Syrian forces have taken control of nearly all of the rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo.