A wounded man is carried following an air strike on the rebel-held besieged town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on January 2, 2018.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement Friday that he was "deeply concerned by the desperation shown by the people fleeing in a massive exodus from Eastern Ghouta and Afrin".
Thousands of people were fleeing from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of Syria as two battles in the multi-sided war entered decisive phases, with civilians trapped in the path of both assaults.
Earlier this week, smaller groups of sick and wounded people were evacuated from another zone further north, under a deal the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction that controls it and Russian Federation.
Speaking about the capture of Kafr Batna, al-Shami of the Syrian Civil Defense said people "fled in the streets not knowing in which direction to go".
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 30 people were killed in the strikes on the eastern Ghouta's Zamalka town that hit a group of people who were trying to flee into regime-controlled areas.
The intensity of the shelling and airstrikes have made it nearly impossible for ambulances to move and wounded people can not reach clinics, said Hamza Hassan, a surgeon working at one of the hospitals in eastern Ghouta. "They said now we were within the state's embrace", he recalled. Soldiers were seen in the footage, but there were no signs of local or global aid groups.
Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Aziz Haq said they were trying to assess the needs of shelters, including the Dwier collective centre manned by Syrian Arab Red Crescent workers.
"The last few days inside had become so harsh that his family ate their cow's food, he said."(Now) they eat every hour". Last month, the Syriangovernment kicked off a campaign to liberate the area. They have accused the factions of preventing residents from leaving, which the fighters deny.
The offensive has been carried out with the support of Russian Federation and in defiance of a United Nations call for a ceasefire.
The Syrian army says the armed forces have captured and cleared dozens of villages, towns and farms east of the capital Damascus consisting of about 70 percent of eastern Ghouta.
In a briefing to the UN Security Council on Friday, Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, described the situation in Afrin as "particularly worrying", citing reports of tens of thousands of people displaced and civilian casualties.
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