Alarm Grows Over Thousands Trapped by Syrian Fighting

The safety of thousands of civilians trapped by fighting in the northeastern Syrian city of Al Raqqa is giving serious cause for concern, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday.

Those who managed to escape spoke of deteriorating conditions in the city, where food, water, medicine and electricity were scarce, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told a press briefing in the Palais des Nations.

“UNHCR is deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the civilian population in Al Raqqa city, where an estimated 8,000 people remain trapped by ongoing fighting,” he said.

 

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