Over 65,000 civilians displaced by recent violence in Syria’s Aleppo

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Displaced civilians from Kobane watch U.S. warplanes hitting locations of the Islamic State's militants in the embattled city at the Syrian-Turkish border. File photo

The United Nation’s humanitarian coordination agency (OCHA) said Sunday that a total of 66,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting along two fronts in Syria’s northern Aleppo Governorate.

“This includes nearly 40,000 people from Al-Bab city and nearby Taduf town, as well as 26,000 people from communities to the east of Al-Bab,” OCHA said.

After several months of fighting, Turkey-backed rebels seized Al-Bab city from ISIS on February 23.

According to OCHA, the 39,766 people displaced from Al-Bab fled north to areas controlled by other rebel forces, and the “high contamination” of unexploded bombs and booby traps set by retreating ISIS jihadists was complicating efforts to return.

Since February 25, another 26,000 people fled violence east of Al-Bab, where Syrian government forces have also been waging a fierce offensive against ISIS.

A large number of those recently displaced sought refuge in areas around Manbij, a town controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Since war broke out in Syria in March 2011, more than half of its population has been forced to flee their homes. Aleppo Governorate hosts tens of thousands of displaced Syrians, many in camps near the Turkish border.

Agencies 

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