- Title: West Aleppo shelters thousands fleeing offensive in east of the city
- Date: 30th November 2016
- Summary: JABBOURIN, ALEPPO, SYRIA (NOVEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS ON SHELTER SITE VARIOUS OF DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS NEAR BUSES BELONGINGS OF DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS ON GROUND DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS STANDING AROUND THEIR BELONGINGS ON THE FLOOR CHILD EATING PITA BREAD YOUNG WOMAN CARRYING SWADDLED BABY DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS STANDING AROUND ON SHELTER SITE, INCLUDING YOUNG WOMAN CARRYING SWADDLED BABY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE OFFICE IN ALEPPO PROVINCE, ABDUL GHANI QASSAB, SAYING: "The approximate number is 15,000 and we are expecting increasing numbers in the coming days." DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS STANDING AROUND AT SHELTER SITE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE OFFICE IN ALEPPO PROVINCE, ABDUL GHANI QASSAB, SAYING: "All needed services are provided, childcare, complete food programmes in addition to mattresses and other life needs." MAN CARRYING BLANKETS DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS WALKING AND STANDING AROUND AT SHELTER SITE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME TRUCK WITH PACKAGES ON ROOF VARIOUS OF DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS GATHERED NEXT TO AMBULANCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALEPPO CITIZEN, ABU YAHYA, SAYING: "We walked 10 kilometres from al-Saliheen to the crossing point of al-Ard al-Hamra. We had a lot of things. I threw half of them out and the rest were ruined because of the weather." CHILDREN EATING VEHICLES PARKED AT SHELTER SITE RUSSIAN SOLDIERS HELPING TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD WOMEN AND CHILDREN QUEUING FOR FOOD MAN DISTRIBUTING FOOD FROM BACK OF TRUCK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALEPPO CITIZEN, MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We were living in misery. No food, no bread and nothing." WOMEN AND CHILD UNDER BLANKETS VARIOUS OF DISPLACED EASTERN ALEPPO CITIZENS INSIDE SHELTER ON MATTRESSES
- Embargoed: 15th December 2016 19:36
- Keywords: Aleppo besieged Assad rebels refugees fleeing offensive
- Location: JABBOURIN, ALEPPO, SYRIA
- City: JABBOURIN, ALEPPO, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015AN1KCN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Shelters in western Aleppo were taking on people fleeing the eastern part of the city on Wednesday (November 30) amid the latest government assault which has devastated neighbourhoods in the area.
The area of Jabbourin is now host to many formerly eastern Aleppo citizens where they are receiving aid.
A member of executive office in Aleppo province, Abdul Ghani Qassab, said 15,000 people had fled eastern Aleppo and entered the shelter site.
"The approximate number is 15,000 and we are expecting increasing numbers in the coming days," he added.
One eastern Aleppo citizen said he lost many of his belongings fleeing with his family.
"We walked 10 kilometres from al-Saliheen to the crossing point of al-Ard al-Hamra. We had a lot of things. I threw half of them out and the rest were ruined because of the weather," said Abu Yahya.
Another man, Mahmoud, bleakly described life in eastern Aleppo.
"We were living in misery. No food, no bread and nothing," he said.
Some 20,000 people have fled after intensified attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo since Sunday (November 27), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday (November 29).
The aid agency said it stood ready to organise medical evacuations of the sick and wounded and called for civilians to be allowed safe passage out of the besieged eastern sector.
The ICRC called again for access to east Aleppo, which it has not been able to reach with food, medicines and other relief supplies since April.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone for the third time in a week on Wednesday and agreed on the need for a ceasefire, sources in Erdogan's office said.
The sources said the two leaders agreed on intensifying efforts towards a cessation of hostilities and on the need for the provision of aid to the city, the sources said.
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