With Assad's troops closing in on Ghouta, thousands flee besieged region

Photos and videos from Syria show masses of people fleeing the rebel-controlled enclave of Ghouta, trying to escape the Assad regime's soon-to-come attacks.
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As Russian-backed Syrian troops are getting closer and closer to capturing Ghouta, a rebel-controlled enclave in the suburbs of Damascus, thousands of residents fled the region on Thursday in what is believed to be the largest exodus in a single day since the beginning of the Syrian civil war.

Photographs and videos coming from Syria show people fleeing Ghouta in the masses, by foot and by vehicle, in an attempt to escape the regime's bombardments that are sure to come.

The Russian Defense Ministry has stated that about 2,000 people have left Ghouta since the morning hours. A Syrian military source was quoted as estimating that the influx of refugees will reach 14,000 by the end of the day.

The Red Crescent has told CNN it is not involved in the mass exodus. A UN agency that assists children in need said it has set up three shelters in the suburbs of Damascus.



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