70,000 Syrians flee as regime advances on last rebel-held province

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Warning of humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib as displaced people seek refuge and hospitals are ‘systematically targeted’

Tens of thousands of people have fled a government assault on Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held province, prompting warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The regime advance comes amid what a senior aid worker described as a “systematic” attack on hospitals in the region. Eight have been hit at the end of December and beginning of January. One such attack in the town of Maarat al-Numan on 3 January killed a baby girl, who was just two hours old, and her father. Two nurses and a doctor were wounded.

“The major goals are to deprive people of healthcare, kill opposition medical workers and push people to flee,” said Ahmad al-Dbis, safety and security director for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), which runs dozens of hospitals in Syria. “The medical situation is a tragedy.”

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