Syria of­fen­sive in Idlib dis­placed 800,000

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BEIRUT: More than 800,000 people have been dis­placed in north­west­ern Syria since De­cem­ber due to an on­go­ing gov­ern­ment of­fen­sive targeting the last rebel strong­hold in the coun­try, the United Na­tions said on Thurs­day.

“Since De­cem­ber 1, over 800,000 women, chil­dren and men have been dis­placed from their homes in north-west Syria,” David Swan­son, a spokesman of the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA), said.

“Many are flee­ing in open trucks or by foot, of­ten at night, in a des­per­ate bid to es­cape de­tec­tion. All this while night-time tem­per­a­tures drop be­low zero,” David told re­porters on Thurs­day.

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