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August 11, 2012 1:00 pm

Thousands Flee Syria as Goverment Forces Pound Aleppo

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Syrian refugees in Reyhanli district, in Antakya, Turkey. Photo: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

NY Times – Government forces backed by jets, helicopters, artillery and tanks were reported on Friday to have resumed their pursuit of rebels in embattled Aleppo who claimed to be counterattacking in cat-and-mouse fighting after pulling back from the most contested area of the city.

The upsurge in violence in recent days sent tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing to neighboring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. In those countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, a total of more than 146,000 Syrians had registered as refugees, or were in the process of registering, since the fighting began.

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