- Title: Hundreds uprooted in east Aleppo as Syrian army advances
- Date: 27th November 2016
- Summary: ALEPPO, SYRIA (NOVEMBER 27, 2016) (REUTERS) JABBOURIN SUBURB, SEEN FROM MOVING VEHICLE VARIOUS OF CIVILIANS ARRIVING IN SUBURB CHILD, AMID SEATED CIVILIANS, DRINKING WATER SYRIAN WOMAN, AMID SEATED CIVILIANS, SAYING (Arabic): "This is our president and nobody has anything to do with this. We accept him and we accept our regime and this is nobody's business." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, SAYING: "The army received us. They joined up with us and got us into buses and made us safe. We did not fear the terrorists. We lived through four years of ill-treatment in Hanano" GROUP OF CIVILIANS STANDING BY BUILDING WALL GIRL FEEDS HER BROTHER RED CRESCENT TRUCK ARRIVING WITH AID BAGS OF AID (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, SAYING: "Thank God, once we arrived they got us food, shelter and everything. We were away from our mother (Syria) and now she has received us after five years." EXTERIOR OF RAZI HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL ALEPPO INJURED NEW-BORN BABY IN INCUBATOR VARIOUS OF INJURED IN HOSPITAL BEDS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, SAYING: "They followed us with weapons and started to shoot and shout at us. Then they hit a man behind us and two were killed. We had two choices: either die or run away. But God helped us" VARIOUS OF INJURED
- Embargoed: 12th December 2016 21:41
- Keywords: Syria Aleppo residents uprooted evacuated Hanano offensive rebels Syrian army allies
- Location: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- City: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0015A7ZDXJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING
Some 2,500 residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo fled shifting frontlines, sources said on Sunday (November 27, 2016), after a rapid advance by the Syrian army and allied forces that rebels fear could split their most important urban stronghold in two.
The civilians arrived in the government-held suburb of Jabbourin, where they were moved to temporary shelter and given food and medical aid.
The Syrian Red Crescent brought in aid, including mattresses and sanitation to the suburb on Sunday.
The civilians expressed support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the army.
They said they had been shot at by rebel snipers as the fled.
"They followed us with weapons and started to shoot and shout at us. Then they hit a man behind us and two were killed. We had two choices: either die or run away. But God helped us," said one man at Razi hospital in central Aleppo, where injured civilians had been moved on to.
The army and its allies took control on Saturday (November 26, 2016) of the large Hanano housing district, on the northeast frontline of the besieged eastern part of Aleppo. On Sunday they said they had captured the neighbouring district, Jabal Badro.
The army later said it had taken a third district, Holok, and killed a large number of terrorists, the term it uses for its opponents.
State media said troops and allied forces were also pushing ahead in nearby Bustan al Basha, Haydariya and Sakhour districts.
The Syrian army's rapid advances in the last two days, after weeks of intense Russian and Syrian air strikes, have raised fears among the insurgents that the northern part of east Aleppo could be cut off from the southern part. That would weaken their control over the east and bring more residents closer to frontlines.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said about 400 people travelled into government-controlled Hanano from neighbouring rebel-held districts, from where some were transferred to government-held western Aleppo.
Russian news agencies, citing the Defence Ministry, said on Sunday more than 900 civilians, including 119 children, had left Jabal Badro in the last 24 hours.
Aleppo, which was Syria's biggest city before the war began in 2011, is divided between the government-held west and rebel-held east. U.N. officials say at least 250,000 people are under siege in the east.
Capturing all of Aleppo would be a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after five and a half years of fighting that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced 11 million others.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None