ICRC worried over battles in Syria's de-escalation zones

ICRC worried over battles in Syria's de-escalation zones

The worst fighting since the battle for eastern Aleppo last year is raging in several regions of Syria, causing hundreds of civilian casualties, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

Up to 10 hospitals have been reportedly damaged in the past 10 days, cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from access to health care, the aid agency said in a statement voicing alarm at the situation from Raqqa to Idlib and eastern Ghouta, Reuters reported.

"For the past two weeks, "we have seen an increasingly worrying spike in military operations that correlates with high levels of civilian casualties," the head of ICRC's delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, said.

The violence is also taking place in de-escalation zones that are part of a deal reached in Astana between Iran, Turkey and Russia.

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