Thousands flee as SARG forces regain control of eastern Aleppo city from opposition groups
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More than 6.3 million people are internally displaced in Syria due to the conflict that began in 2011, according to the UN. As of January 26, the number of people living in UN-designated besieged and hard-to-reach locations had increased from 4.5 million in October 2015 to more than 4.7 million people, including approximately 644,000 people residing in 13 besieged locations. Approximately 75 percent of the besieged population is located in Rif Damascus Governorate, while nearly 25 percent of all people in hard-toreach locations live in territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
After months of heavy fighting, Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) forces regained control of besieged eastern Aleppo city from armed opposition groups in midDecember, prompting the displacement of tens of thousands of people from eastern Aleppo to opposition-held areas of western Aleppo and Idlib governorates, as well as SARG-controlled areas in and around the city of Aleppo.
The UN adopted UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2332 on December 21, reauthorizing the UN and its humanitarian partners to deliver cross-line and cross-border assistance between Syria and Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey to people in need throughout Syria. UNSCR 2332 also renews the monitoring mechanism for the loading of all humanitarian relief supplies at each approved border crossing point until January 2018.