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350,000 Syrians have fled Syria’s Idlib for Turkish border region: UN

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Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have been displaced by a renewed Russian-backed offensive against the opposition-held Idlib province since early December and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said on Thursday.

According to Reuters, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report that the humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate as a result of the “escalating” hostilities.

Turkey, a backer of Syrian armed rebels since the beginning of a civil war in the country, hosts nearly 3.7 million Syrians, who fled their homeland due to heavy clashes.

Despite a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey in Idlib province, the former has intensified its attacks to the last stronghold for armed rebels and terrorist groups, such as Al Nusra.

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