Chaos and Desperation as Thousands Flee Aleppo Amid Government Advance

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From The New York Times:

“BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of Syrian men who escaped rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo to go to government-controlled parts of the city are missing, United Nations officials said on Friday, adding that they had received reports of government reprisals, including numerous arrests and several cases of summary killings of suspected supporters of the opposition.

At the same time, the officials said, some rebel groups have prevented civilians from leaving and even killed or kidnapped those who demanded that insurgents leave their neighborhoods.

The United Nations reports largely reflect what residents of East Aleppo have told The New York Times in recent days as Syrian government forces retook control of most of the city. Several have said family members were detained, arrested or conscripted after crossing into government-held areas, and one resident recounted how rebels in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood stopped people from leaving.”

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