The fighting in the Afrin region has reportedly displaced more than 48,000 and another 12,000-16,000 have left Ghouta in recent days.
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Thousands of civilians were fleeing from besieged enclaves at opposite ends of Syria Friday as two major battles in the multi-sided war entered decisive phases, with hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the path of both assaults. Airstrikes killed scores of people in Eastern Ghouta, activists said, and weary residents streamed out on foot for a second day, as Russian-backed government forces pressed their campaign to capture the last big rebel bastion near Damascus.The government launched its offensive on Eastern Ghouta a month ago, and Turkey began its cross-border assault in Afrin in January. In both cases, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been trapped inside encircled pockets on the battlefield.Around 12,000-16,000 people have left Ghouta in recent days, said Linda Tom, a U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman in Syria, in comments to The Daily Star, with the majority of those leaving being from the Hammourieh area. The Syrian army and allied forces have recaptured 70 percent of the territory that was under insurgent control in the enclave, it said.The Observatory said airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta killed 80 people, including 14 children, in the towns of Kfar Batna, Saqba and Harasta Friday.
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