Frightened Syrians seek shelter in public buildings in Aleppo

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Outreach worker registering a displaced Syrian family in Lebanon.

Thousands of Syrians frightened by the ongoing armed violence in Aleppo city are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says it's concerned about the situation of the displaced people as government and armed opposition forces continue to fight in Syria's most populous city.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming says many of the people have no means to flee the city or feel it's too dangerous to make the journey because of armed gangs and road blocks.

"We are trying our best to help the people in the schools. For example there are 32 schools in Aleppo that we've identified and in each of those schools we've heard or witnessed that there are between 250 and 300 people were packed inside, many of these families, kids. And then in university dormitories there are a total of some 7,000 people staying in the dormitory rooms hoping to seek safety from the continuing shelling and the continuing violence in the streets of Aleppo."

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UNHCR says that more than 2,000 people from Aleppo have crossed the border into Turkey.

There are now over 70, 000 Syrian refugees who have sought protection in Turkey since the crisis started 16 months ago.

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