February 21, 2020 / 10:53 AM / 3 months ago

U.N. says fears 'bloodbath' in Syria, urges halt to fighting

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations reiterated its appeal on Friday for a halt to hostilities in northwest Syria, saying it feared that the violence “may end in a bloodbath”.

Some 60% of the 900,000 people who have fled but are trapped in a shrinking space are children, OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke told a Geneva news briefing. The “relentless violence” must stop before it degenerates into “what we fear may end in a bloodbath”, he said.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams

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