UN: 31,500 flee homes in Aleppo in past week

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The U.N. humanitarian aid agency estimates that 31,500 people have been displaced in rebel-held parts of Aleppo, Syria, over the last week, saying some have reportedly been killed or detained trying to enter government-held areas.

The Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the situation has deteriorated in eastern Aleppo since Nov. 24, after pro-government forces took control of some areas.

OCHA says a total of 26,500 people fled to government-held Jibreen, east of Aleppo, and Kurdish-held Sheikh Maqsoud. Another 5,000 were displaced within east Aleppo.

Spokesman Jens Laerke on Friday cited reports that some men and boys trying to enter government-controlled western Aleppo had been detained.

OCHA cited reports that 45 people had died in shelling Tuesday in east Aleppo’s Jub al-Quby neighborhood while trying to reach government-held areas.

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