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After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

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After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border without enough food and no place else to go.

Emily Wither reports.

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After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

The patients here thought they'd be looked after, but yet again in Syria even the hospitals aren't safe spaces.

This surgical facility was hit last week -- all part of an uptick of Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria.

The U.N.

Says air strikes have struck 18 health facilities and violence has destroyed at least 16 schools.

And with nowhere else to go this is where families are ending up with only the shade of olive trees for protection.

They are some of the 180,000 people who have escaped an upsurge in violence in the last major Syrian rebel stronghold in the last month, stranded near the Turkish border without enough food, water, or even basic sanitation.

The last few weeks marks the most intense escalation between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel enemies since last summer.

Many hospitals are now out of service.

One of the doctors at this one tells us it served 400,000 people.

He described the moment they were attacked.

(SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) DOCTOR ZUHEIR, DOCTOR AT KAFRANBEL SURGICAL HOSPITAL, SAYING: "The moment was very difficult and terrifying for everyone inside who didn't know how to act because the second, or third or fourth strike, no-one knew where it would hit, which part of the hospital would collapse.

So in reality it was a short period of time but it felt terrifying and very very very long and we held our breath unfortunately a number of martyrs were killed and wounded and the hospital went out of service." For those recently stranded, there is no room at nearby camps.

Many here left in a hurry and have nothing with them.

SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ESSAM DARWEESH, FROM LATAMNEH IN RURAL HAMA, SAYING: "We have been here for around 10 to 15 days sitting under the trees.

It is Ramadan now as you can see and there is nothing here neither bathrooms, nor water and they did not bring tents to these people.

There is also no school for children and no water nothing at all." Much of the bombardment has hit a buffer zone agreed in September under a Russian-Turkish deal.

Turkey is calling for the attacks to stop.




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