UN warns Man­bij bat­tle could up­root over 200,000 Syr­i­ans

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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