Thousands flee Syria’s east Aleppo for Kurdish area

Thousands flee Syria’s east Aleppo for Kurdish area

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Salih Muslim, joint head of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party said on Monday that between 6,000 and 10,000 civilians had fled to Aleppo’s Kurdish-controlled Sheikh Maqsoud district from areas of the city where pro-government forces advanced in recent days.

“Civilians are flooding to these areas which are safer than the others … Until now between 6,000-10,000 people fled to the area and the YPG (Kurdish militia) and the other people are receiving them, keeping them in the area,” he told Reuters by phone.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall; Editing by Catherine Evans)

cover-A general view taken with a drone shows Aleppo’s historic citadel, controlled by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, as seen from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria, October 12, 2016.
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