About 200,000 people flee fighting in Syria's Aleppo city

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Syrian refugees receive supplies from UNHCR in northern Lebanon.

Fighting in Syria's second largest city of Aleppo has forced about 200,000 people to flee their homes over the past two days, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

Fighting is reported to have intensified over the weekend as government forces launched a ground assault on opposition fighters in the city.

Melissa Fleming is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"As the theatre of violence keeps shifting to the big cities, now in Aleppo we are seeing of course, increased displacement. So wherever there is fighting people are fleeing. The numbers we are hearing fleeing from Aleppo is as many as 200,000, many of them though, it doesn't seem have crossed international borders. So they are displaced within the country, making it even more difficult for humanitarians to reach them."

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The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says it's concerned about the impact of shelling and use of tanks and other heavy weapons in Aleppo.

The uprising which started in Syria 16 months ago has developed into an armed conflict that has reportedly claimed more than 10,000 lives.

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