Syria’s Idlib violence uproots displaced
29 December 2019 | 2:50 pm
Two Syrian families pack their bags and flee their homes not knowing where to go. Like them, tens of thousands of people have fled Maaret al-Numan region, located in jihadist-held Idlib province, since December 16, following an uptick in airstrikes, according to the United Nations.
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