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6 Feb 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians on the move amid upsurge in violence

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Today, hundreds of thousands of Syrians are again fleeing an upsurge in violence and the ongoing attacks on healthcare facilities.

Since December Russian-backed Syrian government forces have upped their assault on Idlib province, slowly chipping away at its southern edge.

The offensive has pushed over half a million people out of their homes in the last two months, many fleeing north to overcrowded refugee camps on the Turkish Border.

Yesterday, government forces encircled the town of Saraqib, a significant rebel stronghold less than 10 miles from the provincial capital.

Once it falls, it could be the last staging point before a full on assault on the city itself.