An­other 4,000 Syr­i­ans flee fight­ing in city of Aleppo

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BEIRUT | Hun­dreds of Syr­i­ans stood in long lines Sun­day, some get­ting on gov­ern­ment buses, to flee the ever shrink­ing rebel-held en­clave of east­ern Aleppo as mil­i­tary troops and al­lied mili­tias con­tin­ued their push to re­gain full con­trol of the op­po­si­tion strong­hold.

Syria’s state news agency said at least 4,000 peo­ple fled the en­clave Sun­day. The state TV chan­nel said more than 70,000 of east­ern Aleppo’s es­ti­mated 275,000 res­i­dents have fled in re­cent days — mostly to gov­ern­men­theld western Aleppo dis­tricts.

Res­i­dents said gov­ern­ment airstrikes hit the last re­main­ing bridge that linked east­ern and western Aleppo, a largely sym­bolic strike.

They also re­ported that gov­ern­ment and al­lied troops kept up their bomb­ing of a hand­ful of neigh­bor­hoods, which have be­come the shel­ter for most of the civil­ians who chose to re­main.

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