FILE PHOTO: Children holding stacks of bread walk in al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File Photo
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Aid agencies said Thursday they were struggling to meet the needs of up to 200,000 civilians who fled fighting in northeast Syria and reported water shortages in the Syrian city of Hasaka.A week-old Turkish military offensive prompted Mercy Corps and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to suspend most activities and pull out foreign staff.The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are still operating in the northeast where ICRC now estimates that 170,000 to 200,000 people are displaced.The Alouk water station, which provides water to 400,000 in Hasaka, was out of service after being damaged in fighting, U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said.
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