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Russia-backed Syria offensive sees hundreds of thousands jammed at Turkey border, children dying, UN says

2020-02-21 08:50:40       source:Fox news

February 20, 2020

The United Nations’ humanitarian chief on Wednesday said a Russian-backed Syrian offensive has forced thousands to flee into jampacked areas near the Turkish border “under horrendous conditions” that are killing babies and young children.

Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council that "the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe" in northwest Idlib province, which is the last major rebel stronghold, has "overwhelmed" efforts to provide aid.

He said nearly 900,000 people – more than half of them children – have been displaced since Dec. 1 when the government offensive began.

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