Some 130,000 people who have fled to the northern Syrian city of Manbij and nearby rural areas are in dire need of international aid, the head of a Manbij civil affairs council said on Wednesday.
The displaced had mostly left areas near Manbij that were held by Islamic State in the last week, Farouk al Mashi said, adding that their needs included food and medical aid.
“We urge the international community to take a humanitarian stand,” he told Reuters by phone from Manbij.
Northern Syria has been a focal point of the Syrian war in recent weeks with most of the parties to the multi-sided conflict involved in one way or another.
Before the conflict, Manbij and its surrounding areas had a population of around 600,000.