May 27, 2016
(NPR) – ISIS is making gains near Syria’s border with Turkey, seizing a string of villages and trapping tens of thousands of civilians, according to Doctors Without Borders and a Syrian monitoring group. The offensive has forced Doctors Without Borders to evacuate a major hospital outside the strategically located town of Azaz. It’s the closest the Islamic State has come to Azaz since the militants were pushed out at the beginning of 2014, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They say the push has cut off an important rebel supply route between Azaz and the town of Marea, an opposition stronghold to the south toward Syria’s embattled largest city, Aleppo.
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