Syria presses assault amid fears over mass displacement

BEIRUT (HRNW) – Syrian troops pressed an offensive Tuesday on the country s last major rebel enclave, where the mass displacement of civilians is sparking fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Around 900,000 people have been forced from their homes and shelters in less than three months, leaving huge numbers to sleep rough in the bitter cold.

The United Nations said that half a million among them were children, some of whom have died of exposure in snow-covered camps.

It warned that the crisis could worsen unless a ceasefire is reached.

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