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Almost quarter of a million flee homes in Syria's rebel-held Idlib as bombing intensifies

Almost quarter of a million flee homes in Syria's rebel-held Idlib as bombing intensifiesNearly a quarter of a million people have fled their homes in the last-remaining Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib to escape a Syrian and Russian offensive on the area. Air strikes and shelling this month have sparked a mass exodus that aid workers warn could lead to one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of Syria’s eight-year civil war. US President Donald Trump yesterday called for the governments in Moscow, Damascus and Tehran to stop the violence. "Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands" of civilians in the northwestern province, Mr Trump tweeted, adding: "Don't do it!"  The Syrian Response Coordination Group, a relief group active in the north west of the country, said 216,632 people have fled towards the closed Turkish border since the beginning of December. Exodus from Idlib to nowhere. Turkey has blocked the border. If these creatures in the cars were dogs, the world would have more mercy. What happened to the right of civilians to flee to safety?! @cnni@BBCWorld@realDonaldTrump@UNHumanRights@antonioguterresMerryChristmaspic.twitter.com/pNSvr7zCYn— Dr. Zaher Sahloul (@sahloul) December 24, 2019 The group called on other relief agencies to help the displaced amid cold weather and heavy rain. In recent weeks, tent settlements for displaced people have suffered from flooding, adding to their misery. Footage circulating this week has shown cars and trucks in a long line of traffic trying to leave the city of Maaret al-Numan for towns and villages further north, carrying blankets, mattresses and valuables. Pictures from inside the city show areas of major destruction where only a few buildings appear to be left standing. Maaret al-Numan has come under heavy bombardment from Russian and Syrian forces in recent weeks as they seek to extend an offensive that originally began in Spring.  The city sits on a key highway linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, which has been in opposition hands since 2012, making it an important strategic objective for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Fared al-Hor, an activist from Idlib, told the Telegraph the situation was worse than at any time before. “I left my city [Maaret al-Numan] yesterday. Now I am with my family in Salqin, on the Syrian-Turkish border,” he said via What’sApp messenger. A drone picture taken on December 23 shows empty streets and damaged buildings in the town of Maaret al-Numan in the northwestern Idlib province Credit: AFP “It is very very bad. Some people don’t even have I am thinking about traveling to Turkey, my younger sister Marwa and I, but I cannot find a way now.” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, has said the border will remain closed and warned that his country, which hosts more refugees than any other in the word, will not be able to absorb any more fleeing northwest Syria. Idlib, which is largely under the control of Islamist rebel group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, is home to some 3.5 million people, many of whom had been displaced by fighting in other areas.  The Russian and Syrian bombing campaign against the rebel pocket in Idlib began in April and has killed more than 1,400 people, 100 of them in the last week. Dareen Khalifa, a Syria analyst with the International Crisis Group, said the Syrian and Russian offensive on Idlib has made slow progress, “so now they are overcompensating by using devastating levels of air force.” “If the regime continues and if the rebels don’t surrender, this will mean the worst humanitarian disaster we’ve seen in Syria,” she said.



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Pakistan's Khan says millions of Muslim refugees could flee India

Pakistan's Khan says millions of Muslim refugees could flee IndiaPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that millions of Muslims could flee India due to the curfew in the disputed territory of Kashmir and India’s new citizenship law, creating “a refugee crisis that would dwarf other crises”. “Our country will not be able to accommodate more refugees,” he added, urging the world to “step in now”.



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After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors flee

After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors fleeNeighbors of the American families murdered in northern Mexico this week worry the massacre will spell the end for two villages that have grown to rely on one another since breakaway Mormons set up home in the isolated hills decades ago. Unknown gunmen killed three mothers and six children from families with Mormon roots and U.S.-Mexican dual citizenship on Monday, in an attack that spread outrage in both countries and increased U.S. pressure on Mexico to rein in drug cartels. All the victims lived in La Mora, a cluster of suburban-style homes settled more than 70 years back by a breakaway Mormon sect from the United States on land 56 miles (90 km) south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona.



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After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors flee

After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors fleeNeighbors of the American families murdered in northern Mexico this week worry the massacre will spell the end for two villages that have grown to rely on one another since breakaway Mormons set up home in the isolated hills decades ago. Unknown gunmen killed three mothers and six children from families with Mormon roots and U.S.-Mexican dual citizenship on Monday, in an attack that spread outrage in both countries and increased U.S. pressure on Mexico to rein in drug cartels. All the victims lived in La Mora, a cluster of suburban-style homes settled more than 70 years back by a breakaway Mormon sect from the United States on land 56 miles (90 km) south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona.



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After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors flee

After killings, Mexican hamlet fears 'ghost town' if U.S. neighbors fleeNeighbors of the American families murdered in northern Mexico this week worry the massacre will spell the end for two villages that have grown to rely on one another since breakaway Mormons set up home in the isolated hills decades ago. Unknown gunmen killed three mothers and six children from families with Mormon roots and U.S.-Mexican dual citizenship on Monday, in an attack that spread outrage in both countries and increased U.S. pressure on Mexico to rein in drug cartels. All the victims lived in La Mora, a cluster of suburban-style homes settled more than 70 years back by a breakaway Mormon sect from the United States on land 56 miles (90 km) south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona.



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Residents flee, power cut as crews battle California fire

Residents flee, power cut as crews battle California fireCody Rodriguez never went to sleep the night two years ago when wildfire roared out of tinder-dry hills in Northern California wine country, trapping people unaware in their homes and forcing thousands of panicked residents to flee in the dark. "It has brought a lot of anxiety," Rodriguez said outside an evacuation center Sunday at Napa Valley College.



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Northern California double-whammy: Amid blackouts, massive fire forces nearly 200,000 to flee homes

Northern California double-whammy: Amid blackouts, massive fire forces nearly 200,000 to flee homesNearly 200,000 people in Northern California are under mandatory evacuation orders as the wind whips up, making the Kincade Fire even more dangerous.



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California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without power

California state-wide emergency declared as wildfire forces 200,000 to flee and leaves millions without powerCalifornia‘s governor has declared a state-wide emergency, ordering nearly 200,000 people to flee from the threat of wildfires fuelled by ferocious winds.Millions of people were left without power as hurricane-force winds whipped through the state.



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The Latest: 180,000 ordered to flee from California wildfire

The Latest: 180,000 ordered to flee from California wildfireAuthorities say 180,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes as powerful winds threaten to spread a wildfire in Northern California’s wine country. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday that it’s the largest evacuation that any member of the force can remember. The evacuation order was significantly expanded overnight to portions of Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 that was hit hard two years ago by a wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 22 people.



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Thousands ordered to flee California wine country blaze

Thousands ordered to flee California wine country blazeCalifornia firefighters raced against time on Saturday as they cut defensive lines against a wildfire in Sonoma County’s famed wine country and authorities ordered 50,000 people to evacuate, ahead of winds that are forecast to pick up at night and spread the flames. The expanded evacuation orders came as the utility Pacific Gas and Electric Corp prepared to shut off power to about 940,000 customers in 36 of the state’s counties to guard against the risk that an electric mishap could spark a blaze. The move to cut power to so many people quickly drew a rebuke from California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called it “unacceptable” in a video message on Twitter.



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