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51,000 displaced since Russian air strikes on Aleppo began: UN

AFP , Thursday 11 Feb 2016
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Some 51,000 people have been displaced since Damascus, backed by Russian air strikes, launched its latest offensive on the Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, the United Nations reported Thursday.

"Since the latest offensive by Government forces began last week in the Governorate of Aleppo, reportedly accompanied by numerous air strikes by Russian and Syrian aircraft, some 51,000 civilians have been displaced and a further 300,000 are at risk of being placed under siege," UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

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