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Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as the United States president, Reuters reports, citing a senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance. Rebels face one of their gravest moments of the war. Rebel fighters fought fiercely to stop government forces advancing inside the opposition-held enclave on November 29. Agence France-Presse reports that the International Red Cross warned on Tuesday that “up to 20,000 people have fled a Syrian government offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.” AFP says, “spokeswoman for the Geneva-based ICRC, Krista Armstrong, told AFP that the 20,000 figure was an estimate and that the situation remained fluid, stressing that ‘people are fleeing in different directions’, desperately seeking refuge from the brutal fighting.” Some media announced that eastern and western part of Aleppo united on Tuesday.