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UN: More than 133,000 displaced from Syrian territory in four weeks

UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY) – The United Nations expressed concern on Tuesday about a “new and growing displacement” of the Syrian eastern Ghouta after more than 133,000 people fled in four weeks.

Some 45,000 displaced people live in eight collective shelters in rural Damascus. Almost the same number of women, children and elderly people left the shelters after government authorities examined their situation.

“We are aware that an examination is taking place during the departure of the eastern Gauta civilians, but as you know, we are not a party to the current evacuation agreements or in their implementation,” UNHCR spokesman André Mahesic said in a press briefing.