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This is what it's like for Aleppo families starting over in Syria


This is what it's like for Aleppo families starting over in Syria

In this makeshift camp in the northern Syrian city of Harem, Om Mostafa has found a temporary home for her seven kids: a tent shared by five other families. 

"We left Aleppo because we thought they would help us," Mostafa told Circa. 

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Mostafa and her family are among the thousands of evacuees who've fled Aleppo for camps set up in rebel-held Idlib province. 


We need food. We need clothes for our kids.

After four years of fighting, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took control of eastern Aleppo in late December. With the city securely in the hands of the Syrian government, as many as 35,000 civilians and rebels were able to flee under an evacuation deal. Many escaped on government-run buses. 

Mostafa says her family had to leave all their possessions behind.  

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Since the war began six years ago, some 700,000 internally displaced people have found shelter in Idlib, according to OCHA, the United Nation's humanitarian affairs office.

Analysts say Idlib could be the Syrian army's next target. The northwestern province is currently held by rebel factions including the hardline Ahrar al-Sham and the former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front. 

Contributions from Zouhir Al Shimale and Muhamad Al Shimale. 

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