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Aid groups saying that conditions in Syria at crisis point

Staff WriterMay 19, 2019

BEIRUT — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria’s northwest have reached a new “crisis point,” as government troops push to retake the rebels’ last stronghold.

The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia and Turkey, in place since September.

In their appeal issued Friday, some 70 aid groups called for an immediate end to the fighting. They said that the violence has displaced an estimated 180,000 people in the last two weeks alone.

The violence has forced at least 16 humanitarian organizations to suspend their operations in the region.

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