Surrounded, Hungry And Afraid, Many In Aleppo, Syria Still Refuse To Leave

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, moved farther into the rebel-held parts of the city on Thursday. They're closing in on the roughly 300,000 civilians and few thousand rebel fighters who have stayed behind.

The Syrian army and its allies have eastern Aleppo surrounded. Besieged neighborhoods are crumbling under a barrage of daily airstrikes, leaving residents terrified and hungry. Still, many are refusing to leave. “No one is thinking about leaving,” said Ahmad, an activist in the city who did not want to give his full name. “People are too…

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