Syrian refugees are pictured in a camp as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. AFP / BULENT KILIC
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Aid trucks and ambulances entered Syria from Turkey Sunday to help tens of thousands of people who have fled an escalating government assault on Aleppo, as airstrikes targeted villages on the road linking the city to the Turkish border.Rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo, Syria's largest before the war, are still home to 350,000 people, and aid workers have said they could soon fall to the government. Regime troops Sunday advanced toward the rebel town of Tal Rifaat, around 20 kilometers from the Turkish frontier, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It is one of the last rebel strongholds in northern Aleppo province and regime troops are just 7 kilometers away, the Observatory said. Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman said regime troops want to push north to the border with Turkey to prevent rebels and weapons from entering Syrian territory. Taking full control of Aleppo would be a huge strategic prize for Assad's government in a five-year conflict that has killed at least 250,000 people across the country and driven 11 million from their homes.
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