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Syria fighting worst since Aleppo, civilian casualties mount - ICRC
October 5, 2017 / 10:35 AM / 15 days ago

Syria fighting worst since Aleppo, civilian casualties mount - ICRC

GENEVA, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The worst fighting since the battle for eastern Aleppo last year is raging in several regions of Syria, causing hundreds of civilian casualties, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

Up to 10 hospitals have been reportedly damaged in the past 10 days, cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from access to health care, the aid agency said in a statement voicing alarm at the situation from Raqqa to Idlib and eastern Ghouta.

“For the past two weeks, we have seen an increasingly worrying spike in military operations that correlates with high levels of civilian casualties,” said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Syria. “My colleagues report harrowing stories, like a family of 13 who fled Deir al-Zor only to lose ten of its members to airstrikes and explosive devices along the way.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay", editing by Tom Miles

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