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Thousands flee eastern Aleppo as government forces advance

Thousands of people have begun to flee districts of eastern Aleppo with government forces making significant advances into rebel-held territory.

Rebel defences appear to be rapidly failing with government-backed forces retaking a third of opposition-held Aleppo in recent days.

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UN envoy for Syria: Fighting in Aleppo intensifying

Staffan de Mistura is the UN envoy for Syria. Credit: Reuters

The UN envoy for Syria has said he is unsure how long the fighting in the rebel-held districts of Aleppo would last as it is still intensifying.

The Syrian army and its allies have made huge advances across the besieged eastern Aleppo in recent days with thousands forced to flee their homes.

"Clearly, I cannot deny - this is a military acceleration and I can't tell you how long eastern Aleppo will last," Staffan de Mistura told the European Parliament.

"There is a constant increase of movement on the military side."

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