Image: A man carrying belongings on his head looks on as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait

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Syrians Flee Aleppo as Government Takes Back City

Tens of thousands of people fled northern Syria as regime troops pressed a major Russian-backed offensive around second city Aleppo.

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Image: A Syrian child cries as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo

A Syrian child cries as Syrians fleeing Aleppo wait in Bab-Al Salam, next to the city of Azaz near Turkish crossing gate in northern Syria on Feb. 5, 2016. Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees.

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Image: A man carrying belongings on his head looks on as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait

A man carries his belongings on his head as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo arrive in Bab-Al Salama along the Syria-Turkey border on Feb. 5, 2016, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria.

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Image: Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait in a field

Syrians wait in a field in the town of Iqda, next to the city of Azaz in northern Syria, on Feb. 5.

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Image: Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait at the Bab al-Salama crossing

Syrians families wait at the Bab al-Salama crossing on the border between Syria and Turkey, on Feb. 5.

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Image: A man stands near a fence as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait

A man stands near in Bab-Al Salama on Feb. 5.

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Image: Smoke rises over the industrial city in Aleppo, Syria

Smoke rises over the industrial city in Aleppo, Syria on Feb. 4.

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Image: A Syrian man comforts a boy amid the rubble of buildings

A Syrian man comforts a boy amid the rubble of buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Feb. 4.

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Image: Syrian rescuers remove a victim from under the rubble following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa

Syrian rescuers remove a victim from under the rubble following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo on Feb. 4.

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Image: Russian air crafts hit opposition controlled residential areas in Aleppo

A damaged building is seen after airstrikes on opposition controlled residential areas in the al Qallasa neighborhood in Aleppo on Feb. 4.

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Image: Russian air crafts hit opposition controlled residential areas in Aleppo

A cat is seen among debris of a damaged building as the members of the civil defense team search casualties in the al Qallasa neighborhood in Aleppo on Feb. 4.

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Image: People inspect the damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Sakhour neighbourhood of Aleppo

People inspect the damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held al-Sakhour neighborhood of Aleppo on Feb. 5.

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Image: Russian air crafts hit opposition controlled residential areas in Aleppo

Civil defense team members search for casualties in the al Qallasa neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria on Feb. 4.

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Image: A boy inspects damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria

A boy inspects damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria on Feb. 4.

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Image: Syrians celebrate as pro-government forces drive through the Shiite town of Zahraa

Syrians celebrate as pro-government forces drive through the Shiite town of Zahraa, on Feb. 4, during a regime operation aimed at severing the main rebel supply route into Aleppo city and breaking an opposition siege on Zahraa and another regime-held town.

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Image: Syrians hold a poster

Syrians hold a poster of Syrian Presdent Bashar al-Assad, his late father Hafez and Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, as they celebrate after pro-government forces broke an opposition siege in the northern Shiite town of Nubol, on Feb. 4. The advance -- which has seen the most significant government victories since staunch ally Russia launched air strikes last year -- brings government forces closer than ever to encircling rebels who have held the east of Aleppo city since mid-2012.

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Image: Syrians celebrate after pro-government forces broke an opposition siege in the northern Shiite town of Nubol

Syrians celebrate after pro-government forces broke an opposition siege in the northern Shiite town of Nubol, on Feb. 4, during a regime operation aimed at severing the main rebel supply route into Aleppo.

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Image: Syrians pro-government forces celebrate after they broke an opposition siege in the northern Shiite town of Zahraa

Syrians pro-government forces celebrate after they broke an opposition siege in the northern Shiite town of Zahraa, on Feb. 4, during a regime operation aimed at severing the main rebel supply route into Aleppo.

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