Civilian exodus: Nearly 85,000 forced to flee from west Aleppo countryside in nine days as Regime and Russia step up military operations

Towns and villages of the western sector of Aleppo countryside witness ongoing displacement against the backdrop of the escalating military operations by the regime and Russia, the “de-escalation” guarantor, over the past nine days.

Syrian regime and Russia follow systematic policy of displacement by stepping up aerial and ground bombardment, in order to force civilians to flee their areas, so that they can unleash a vast ground military operation, as happened in Idlib and Hama.

Since Wednesday, January 15, Syrian Observatory activists documented the displacement of nearly 84,000 civilians who have been forced to flee their areas, west of Aleppo.

It is noteworthy that tens of thousands of these displaced people were of families displaced earlier from Idlib, Hama and other Syrian areas to the western countryside of Aleppo.

Most of the displaced people headed to the north-western countryside of Idlib near the Syrian border with Iskenderun, while some others headed to areas under control of The Turkish forces and their proxies in Afrin canton, north-west of Aleppo.

Humanitarian catastrophe is continuing to deteriorate amid International Community’s inaction towards crimes by the Syrian regime and Russians against civilians in camps and those who are searching for a new safe haven.

Turkey, the other “de-escalation” guarantor, has had enough with mere publicity that polishes it as an actor sympathetic towards the humanitarian catastrophe. Meanwhile, the Turkish border guard forces “Jandarma” continue to target and kill the Syrians who try to infiltrate into the Turkish territory.

As displacement waves are growing, the number of people who have been displaced from the southern and south-eastern countryside of Idlib and the western countryside of Aleppo during the period between the 1st of December 2019 and today the 24th of January 2020, rose to nearly 415,000 civilians.

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