U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

GENEVA/AMMAN Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees from a Russian-backed assault.

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