Residents of Syria's besieged city of Aleppo are witnessing "deaths everywhere," as the U.N. warned that 300,000 people could be cut off from vital aid, NBC News reported.
"It's war," Aleppo resident Hussam — who would only give his first name out of fears for his safety — told NBC News in a phone interview. "There is shelling, there are deaths everywhere."
Government forces battling to regain full control of Aleppo from rebels have cut off aid supplies to the city from the north, triggering a flood of refugees towards neighboring Turkey. Hussam said, however, that reports of reports an exodus were "an exaggeration" but that many thousands had fled amid intensified fighting.
Hussam said the city has been in the dark since power lines were damaged in October and water supplies have been cut off for almost four weeks, with locals drawing from wells with water unfit for drinking.