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Syrians in northern Aleppo terrified as regime advances

Displaced Syrians and Aleppo natives alike are living in fear that the Syrian regime and its allies will invade their last refuge and set off a humanitarian catastrophe.
Syrian army soldiers are deployed in the town of Khan al-Assal, west of Aleppo, Syria, in this handout released by SANA on February 16, 2020.  SANA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. - RC2D2F9HPED5

ALEPPO — Syrians living in the areas held by the Turkish-backed opposition in northern Aleppo have been living in constant worry since Syrian regime forces and their allies made significant advances in the northwestern province of Idlib in the past two months.

There have been rapidly progressing attacks by the regime forces backed by heavy Russian air support and systematic bombing and destruction of the opposition-held cities and towns on both sides of the M5 highway linking Aleppo to Damascus. Syrians in northern Aleppo fear they will face a similar fate should the regime forces move toward them after achieving their goals in Idlib.

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