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UN says 25,000 fled violence in eastern Syria
January 12, 2019
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GENEVA: An estimated 25,000 people have fled escalating violence over the last six months in eastern Syria, where die-hard militants are defending their last bastions, the UN said on Friday.

The United Nations refugee agency said that clashes and air strikes have forced 25,000 people to run and seek shelter in camps or informal settlements, sometimes after spending several nights in the desert exposed to harsh weather and without access to food or water.

The agency also warned over “mounting civilian casualties” in the area, without providing figures.

An estimated 2,000 civilians remain trapped in Hajin, where conflict continues, the UN said.

Much of the unrest has been centred around Hajin in Deir Ezzor province, which had been the last town of note controlled by the Daesh militant group in the area until it was taken in December by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Agence France-Presse

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