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Intensifying Syrian Gov’t Offensive Has Displaced 800,000 Civilians Since December

HeadlineFeb 17, 2020

In Syria, fighting is intensifying between government forces and opposition groups, displacing more civilians who have had to flee toward the northern border. This is a displaced civilian speaking from a refugee camp.

Jumaa Suleiman: “We fled five days ago from the western province of Anjara. We escaped the airstrikes and the shelling. The journey was very difficult. It was cold. We couldn’t find a car. We kept walking until we found a car to take us here. We’re now in a camp near Afrin, staying in a tent just to get by. The past three days have been cold on the road and on the streets.”

Eight hundred thousand people have been displaced since December, and the U.N. is warning of a humanitarian disaster. Syrian government officials said they seized most of the rebel-held Aleppo province Sunday amid their ongoing offensive. Turkish and Russian officials are holding talks in Moscow today.

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