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article imageUNHCR: Thousands trapped in Aleppo fighting

By Paul Iddon     Jul 31, 2012 in World
The refugee agency of the United Nations has stated today that thousands of people are trapped in the middle of fighting between entrenched rebel forces and attacking military forces.
Reports from BBC News and Reuters state that clashes and aerial attacks from helicopter gunships are persisting. 200,000 residents have already fled the city. Melissa Fleming the spokeswoman of UNHCR has stated that many more would have left but did not have the means to. At least 15,000 residents are thought to be displaced within the city.
She further explained that "there are 32 schools in Aleppo that we've identified and in each of those schools, we have heard, or we have witnessed, that 250-300 people were parked inside, many of these families, kids. And then in university dormitories, there are a total of some 7,000 people hoping to seek safety from the continuing shelling."
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