UN warns Manbij battle could uproot over 200,000 Syrians
GENEVA—A US-backed offensive to retake ISIS-held northern Syrian city of Manbij has displaced some 20,000 civilians and could uproot about 216,000 more if it continues, a UN humanitarian agency said on Monday.
Syrian fighters have surrounded Manbij from three sides as they press the onslaught against the militants near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the fighters said on Monday.
The report by the Office for the Coordination of Hu- manitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it was possible people would “face impediments” to moving out of ISIS-controlled areas and they had a critical need for shelter, drinking water, food and health care.
Civilians were mainly moving north towards nearby towns and to the Jarablous border crossing with Turkey or west towards areas held by other rebel groups, while lesser numbers had gone south to villages along the Euphrates River.—Agencies