Fighting In Central Syria Displaces 100,000: UN


Fighting in central Syria displaces 100,000: UN

BEIRUT, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) - Heavy fighting between regime troops and opposition forces has forced around 100,000 people from their homes in Syria's central Hama provice, the United Nations said.

The displaced fled parts of northern rural Hama between August 28 and September 5 towards neighbouring villages and the provincial capital, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

An alliance of rebel and jihadist forces launched an offensive in late August in the province, seizing several areas in a rapid advance and aiming for the airport in Hama, from which regime helicopters fly regular sorties against opposition fighters.

Regime forces have struck back against the offensive, including with a wave of air strikes on opposition-held areas, and fighting has been ongoing.