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DAMASCUS, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Rebels on Wednesday prevented as many as 100 families from leaving rebel-held areas in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, a monitor group reported.

The rebels in the Bustan al-Basha neighborhood in the rebel-held part, east of Aleppo city, prevented the families from leaving for the Kurdish-controlled Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused the rebels of preventing the civilians from leaving eastern Aleppo to government-controlled western areas.

Still, state news agency SANA said a few families managed to leave eastern Aleppo over the past few days, adding that local authorities have taken care of them.

The Syrian army renewed calls on rebels to allow the civilians to leave eastern Aleppo and urged them personally to hand over their weapons and surrender to the government forces.

Syrian aircrafts dropped leaflets on Tuesday and mobile operators sent sms messages to the rebels in eastern Aleppo, urging them to take advantage of a presidential pardon if they surrendered.

One of the text messages even extended an invitation to the rebels to leave eastern Aleppo and attend a football game due on Friday in the Hamadaniyeh stadium in Aleppo, a source in the city told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, the Observatory said that Syrian jets and artillery targeted eastern Aleppo on Wednesday, spelling no further details on causalities.

In the northern countryside of Aleppo, where another kind of battle is going on, the UK-based watchdog group said Turkish shelling on a town controlled by the Kurdish-led rebels left many wounded civilians including children.

It said the Turkish shelling targeted the villages of Sheikh Naser and Sobrian Qaribatain in the western countryside of the town of Manbej, which is controlled by the Kurdish-backed Manbej Military Council.

Turkey has recently stepped up its support to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in a push aimed at stripping the Islamic State (IS) group on the key city of al-Baab in the northern countryside of Aleppo and to dislodge the Kurdish-led militia from the town of Manbej in northern Aleppo.

Ankara's primary aim is to cut the road before the growing influence of the Kurdish groups in northern Syria by pushing the FSA to fill the voids left after dislodging IS from key areas near the Syrian-Turkish borders.

Turkey supports the FSA with airstrikes and artillery fire.

While the Syrian government is busy fighting the rebels in eastern Aleppo, but it deemed the Turkish intervention in Syria as a military occupation that demands a strong response.

UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, proposed recently the evacuation of the ultra-radical groups from eastern Aleppo, while other rebel groups can maintain a local administration in their areas.

However, the Syrian government rejected the proposal, and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem made it clear that the Syrian administration has taken a decision for retaking all of Aleppo back.

For months, the Syrian government and Russia have been urging rebels to leave Aleppo, offering them safe passages to other rebel-held areas in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The rebels, however, turned down all offers, which has resulted in intensified violence.


UNITED NATIONS Isaac Seumalo Color Rush Jersey , Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 to 90,000 for the first time last year, United Nations and other international agencies reported on Thursday.

"We have seen substantial drop in measles deaths for more than two decades, but now we must strive to reach zero measles cases," said Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, in a joint statement on Thursday for the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MR&I).

The study, published by MR&I, a partnership formed in 2001 between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), WHO, UN Foundation, American Red Cross, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marks the first time that global measles deaths have fallen below 100,000 per year.

"Measles elimination will only be reached if measles vaccines reach every child, everywhere," added Okwo-Bele.

Since 2000, an estimated 5.5 billion doses of measles-containing vaccines have been provided to children through routine immunization services and mass vaccination campaigns, saving an estimated 20.4 million lives.

However, the world is still far from reaching regional measles elimination goals.

According to the joint statement, people being treated with the first of two vaccine-required doses have stalled at approximately 85 percent since 2009, far short of the 95 percent coverage needed to stop the infections, and coverage with the second dose, despite recent increases, was only 64 percent in 2016.

Some 20.8 million children are still missing their first measles vaccine dose, more than half of whom live in six countries. Nigeria has 3.3 million unvaccinated children; India has 2.9 million; Pakistan, 2 million; Indonesia, 1.2 million; Ethiopia, 0.9 million; and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 0.7 million are not immunized.

Since measles is a highly contagious viral disease, large outbreaks continue to occur in these and other countries in Europe and North America, putting children at risk of severe health complications, such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, encephalitis, blindness and death.

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Zhao Leji was elected secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday.

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