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200,000 flee Aleppo as Syria battle rages: UN

200,000 flee Aleppo as Syria battle rages: UNAround 200,000 civilians have fled fighting in Syria’s most populous city Aleppo and many more were trapped, the UN said as a fierce government offensive against rebels entered a second day. The opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) has accused the government of preparing to carry out “massacres” in the northern city and pleaded for heavy weapons to enable rebels to meet the regime onslaught.
The SNC also urged the UN to hold an emergency session to discuss ways to protect civilians caught up in the conflict. Civilians in the city of some 2.5 million crowded into basements seeking refuge from the intense bombardment by artillery and helicopters. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in a statement that an estimated 200,000 people had fled from Aleppo in two days and an unknown number were still trapped in the city.

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