Further escalation in Idlib, Syria over the past ten days has left at least 84 people reportedly killed and 173 injured, in addition to tens of thousands of people leaving their homes towards the Turkish border, in what is the biggest movement of people since September this year.
Early on Christmas Eve, a camp for displaced people near Idlib was hit by airstrikes resulting in 10 dead and 7 injured, many of them women and children; which was followed by a UN negotiated six hour pause in airstrikes until 6pm protecting the major highways. Over 130,000 people are facing harsh wintery conditions fleeing to safer locations in the north of the country. Many of these safe havens are offering services which are already stretched to the limit.
These newly displaced people add to the over 400,000 that have already lost their homes or shelter as a result of hostilities since the end of April, many of them multiple times. Many of those fleeing have reported that they have not eaten or slept for days due to the frequency of attacks and are in dire need of safe shelter, food, medical aid and the means to get through a harsh winter in Syria, including adequate fuel for cooking and heating.
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News Source : Islamic Relief Worldwide