Turkish forces and Syrian rebels clashed with Syrian government forces, Friday, February 14, in a continuing confrontation that saw the shooting down of a government helicopter, reports said.

READ MORE: Syrian and Russian military operations to regain control of Idlib from rebel groups has displaced more than 800,000 people since December, 80 percent of them women and children, according to the U.N.

WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs said heavy bombardment and armed clashes by rival forces continue to cause more people to flee. She says thousands of families are traveling in sub-freezing temperatures in search of safety in overcrowded camps.

"Many families were forced to flee on foot in the middle of winter, with temperatures at night reaching minus 10 degrees," she said. "Over the past nine years of conflict, people across northwest Syria have already been displaced multiple times and rely heavily on humanitarian assistance."



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