UN alarm as 16,000 civil­ians flee

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Aleppo: Up to 16,000 civil­ians have been dis­placed by the Syr­ian govern­ment’s ad­vance into be­sieged rebel-held ar­eas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Hu­man­i­tar­ian chief Stephen O’Brien said thou­sands more were likely to flee if the fight­ing con­tin­ued to spread and in­ten­sify in the com­ing days. He ex­pressed con­cern about their fate, call­ing the sit­u­a­tion deeply alarm­ing. Troops and mili­ti­a­men have re­taken more than a third of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since the week­end.

Overnight, at least 18 peo­ple were killed in govern­ment air strikes on the re­main­ing rebel-held ar­eas, in­clud­ing 12 in the Shaar district near the new north­ern front­line, ac­cord­ing to a UK-based mon­i­tor­ing group. BBC

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