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20,000 civilians flee Aleppo to escape regime troops

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 7:59am
Some 20,000 people have fled intensified attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo in Syria in the past 48 hours, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says (Photo / File)

20,000 civilians flee Aleppo to escape regime troops

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 7:59am

Up to 20,000 people are fleeing the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Regime troops have pushed into the eastern suburbs overnight, killing many civilians.

Food stocks are non-existent and there are no functioning hospitals.

ReliefAid founder Mike Seawright told Rachel Smalley the main emotion being held by his staff and the community is fear.

"And this is a fear of being killed or injured, especially with no medical care. A fear of reprisal, many for simply living in opposition-controlled territory."

Seawright said people are also afraid of detention and torture in the event that government forces take them or their families.

LISTEN ABOVE: ReliefAid founder Mike Seawright spoke with Rachel Smalley

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