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UN: Busloads of Syrians leaving east Aleppo

December 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Civilians flee to opposition controlled safe zones in Aleppo, Syria on October 06, 2016. [Hüseyin Nasır/Anadolu Agency ]

More Syrians have fled eastern Aleppo, with reports of about 800 arriving in the past 24 hours at a disused cotton factory in the Jibreen district of west Aleppo and 1,260 in Hanano district, retaken by government forces, a UN official said today.

33,760civilians have fled from east Aleppo over the past week

Busloads of civilians continue to arrive in government-controlled areas of the city and leave for other sites or to lodge with family members, the UN official said by email.

They join an estimated 31,500 people from east Aleppo already uprooted over the past week. “The UN is deeply concerned for the welfare, safety and protection of civilians in Aleppo, particularly those trapped in the besieged part of the eastern part of the city, as the fighting has dramatically spread and intensified in the last 24 hours,” the UN official said.