In Syria 'I can't tell you how long eastern Aleppo will last', says UN envoy

Reports say bombing has intensified as more people flee the troubled area.

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A Syrian rescuer carries a woman from the rubble of a building in Aleppo on November 20, 2016 play

A Syrian rescuer carries a woman from the rubble of a building in Aleppo on November 20, 2016

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UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday said he could not say how long the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo would last as fighting was still intensifying there.

De Mistura told the European Parliament, referring to the rebel-held districts that Syrian government forces and their allies are storming.

“Clearly, I cannot deny this is a military acceleration and I cannot tell you how long eastern Aleppo will last.

“There is a constant increase of movement on the military side,’’ he said.

Reports say bombing has intensified as more people flee the troubled area. There are reports of civilian causalities including women and children.   

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