Some 20,000 people have fled intensified attacks on rebel-held eastern Aleppo in Syria since Sunday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.
The aid agency said it stood ready to organise medical evacuations of the sick and wounded and called for civilians to be allowed safe passage out of the besieged eastern sector.
The ICRC called again for access to east Aleppo, which it has not been able to reach with food, medicines and other relief supplies since April.
Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as U.S. president, a senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance said, as pro-government forces surged to their biggest victories in the city for years.
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