Syria: Tens of Thousands Evacuate Cities Amid Relentless Attacks

HeadlineMar 16, 2018

In Syria, over 10,000 civilians have fled the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta over the past 24 hours, as Syrian government forces continued a bloody offensive against the rebel-held territory. Syrian ground forces have split the territory in three, with many observers predicting a government victory over the rebels is imminent. The offensive has killed well over 1,000 civilians in less than a month. Among the latest victims were 12 civilians who reportedly died in a Russian airstrike today, as well as photojournalist Bashar al-Attar, who died from injuries he sustained in a March 12 airstrike. Meanwhile, human rights groups say residents have fled from over 10,000 homes in the northern Syrian city of Afrin in recent days, as the mostly Kurdish population flees an offensive by Turkey’s military.

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