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Aleppo Exodus: Terrified Syrians Flee Besieged City
The Syrian government offensive to recapture rebel-held Aleppo has prompted a mass exodus of civilians.
Syrian families fleeing eastern Aleppo line up to board government buses heading to government-controlled western Aleppo on Nov. 29.
Sudden government advances have cut the area held by the opposition by a third in recent days and brought insurgents in the city to the brink of a catastrophic defeat.
Bodies lie on the ground in bags after a bombing in the rebel-held Jibb al-Quebeh neighborhood of Aleppo on Nov. 30.
Rescue workers in the rebel zone said renewed artillery bombardment had killed more than 45 people, mostly women and children, on Wednesday and injured dozens more, including some of those who had fled from front line areas. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, put the toll from that attack at 26.
Syrians evacuated from eastern Aleppo, along with a Russian soldier, left, and a Syrian government soldier, second from right, reach out for Russian food aid in the government-controlled Jibreen area of Aleppo on Nov. 30.
After a year of gradual advances for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militias, the taking of Aleppo would represent a huge stride forwards in his efforts to end the rebellion after nearly six years of conflict.
Syrians who fled eastern Aleppo keep warm by a fire under a shelter in the government-controlled Jibreen area of Aleppo on Nov. 30.
With tens of thousands of people remaining in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, many say they would rather risk death than surrender to a government they have been trying to overthrow since protests against Assad began in 2011.
Displaced Syrians sit around a fire on Nov. 30 in Jibreen, east of Aleppo.