Exodus as Syria rebels lose northeast Aleppo

Smoke billows in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on November during Syrian pro-government forces assault to retake the entire northern city from rebel fightersSyria’s rebels lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in east Aleppo on Monday, as the army made significant advances in its offensive to recapture the entire city. The regime gains have prompted an exodus of thousands of desperate civilians, some fleeing to districts held by the government or Kurdish forces, others heading south into areas still under opposition control. “The situation is disastrous,” said Ibrahim Abu Al-Leith, a spokesman for the White Helmets rescue group in the Ansari neighbourhood.

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