Intensifying fight for Aleppo chokes civilian population

Children flash victory signs as they play in Manbij, in Aleppo GovernorateBy John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) – An upsurge of intense fighting around Aleppo has killed scores of Syrians in the past weeks, displaced thousands and cut water and power to up to two million people on both sides of the front line, worsening the already dire conditions faced by hundreds of thousands in the city. In a war already marked by humanitarian crisis, the United Nations says the fighting threatens to replicate deprivation recently suffered by those in rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo among civilians living in the government-held west. Residents and aid groups contacted by Reuters spoke of acute water shortages and power cuts, and concerns over food supplies and hygiene in a stark assessment of life in the city of Aleppo.


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