NEW YORK, 1st June, 2016 (WAM) — The United Nations has expressed deep concerned over the fate of an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by fighting around the towns of Mare’a and Sheikh Issa in northern Aleppo Governorate following advances in the past three days by Daesh into areas controlled by non-state armed groups.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, in a statement, that an unknown number of people are also unable to flee due to fighting and the closure of the main road leading north towards the town of Azaz in northwestern Syria.