66,000 Syrians escape clashes against ISIS militants in Aleppo province

The number of displaced civilians fleeing the ongoing fighting in the eastern Aleppo countryside in northern Syria has reached 66,000, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

This figure provided by OCHA includes 40,000 IDPs from al-Bab city and the southern neighbouring town of Tadif, with 26,000 displaced civilians coming from the east of al-Bab city. Those fleeing from the conflict are arriving in areas surrounding the city of Manbij, and settling in camps along the Turkish-Syrian border.

The eastern Aleppo province has witnessed intense clashes since Euphrates Shield forces began military operations to expel ISIS from al-Bab. The campaign lasted over 100 days, which subsequently saw ISIS fighters flee south towards its other strongholds. The Free Syrian Army currently controls the city of al-Bab.

Thousands of Syrian who have fled the violence are unable to return to their homes due to the dangers that they face in their neighbourhoods. Before ISIS withdrew from areas it controlled, militants of the terrorist group planted land mines and unexploded bombs in residential areas.

Meanwhile, the Manbij Civil Council has announced that it has received over 70,000 seeking refuge from fighting taking place in the east Aleppo countryside and areas still controlled by ISIS in the south.