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Refugees mass at Turkey-Syria border

February 5, 2016 6:26 pm

At least 15,000 Syrian refugees fleeing fighting in northern Aleppo province have gathered at a border crossing with Turkey, UN and Turkish officials said.

The frontier is shut but Turkey has said it is prepared to feed and shelter the refugees.

In the past few days, the Syrian army backed by Russian air power has made a series of gains in Aleppo province.

The advance threatens to surround the city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest, landing a major blow to the rebels.

Nato has accused Russia of “undermining” Syrian peace efforts through its strikes, which it says are mainly aimed at opposition groups.