UN says 16,000 displaced in Syria's Aleppo

Syrian pro-government forces walk amidst heavy destruction in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on Nov 28, 2016, during their assault to retake the entire northern city from rebel fighters.
Syrian pro-government forces walk amidst heavy destruction in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on Nov 28, 2016, during their assault to retake the entire northern city from rebel fighters. PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Up to 16,000 people have been displaced in Syria's Aleppo by intense attacks on the rebel-held eastern part of the city, the United Nations humanitarian chief and relief coordinator Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday (Nov 29), citing initial reports.

The area had no functioning hospitals left, food stocks were nearly exhausted and it was likely that thousands more people would flee their homes if fighting persisted in the coming days, he said in an emailed statement.