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Aleppo Missing Hundreds of Men Who Left Rebel-Held Territory

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Smoke rises from a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 9, 2016. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 09 Dec 2016 01:47 PM

In Aleppo, hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after leaving rebel-held territory to land controlled by the Syrian government, United Nations officials are reporting.

Syrian forces have reportedly taken 85 percent of the eastern portion of the city that was once held by rebel forces, the BBC News noted. During a humanitarian pause in fighting Thursday, Russian officials said some 10,500 left the warring districts.

There were also reports that the rebels were stopping people from leaving, according to the UN, per the BBC News.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the organization was worried about Aleppo residents "being squeezed into ever-shrinking areas" as government forces advance, and for those leaving, CNN reported.

"We believe there may currently be around 100,000 civilians in areas under the control of armed opposition groups in eastern Aleppo, with another 30,000 believed to have fled to areas under government control," Colville told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, according to CNN.

Before the Syrian government's latest move on eastern Aleppo, there were believed to be about 250,000 still living there, CNN said. After fleeing the area, family members said they lost contact with many of the men, ages 30 to 50. At the same time, the first reports emerged of armed rebel groups trying to prevent people from leaving.

"As pro-government forces have advanced from the north into eastern Aleppo, there have been allegations of reprisals against civilians who are perceived to have supported armed opposition groups, as well as reports that men were being separated from women and children," Colville said in the Geneva news briefing, according to Reuters.

"… Given the terrible record of arbitrary detention, torture and enforced disappearances, we are of course deeply concerned about the fate of these individuals. One has to ring some alarm bells," he continued.

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