Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Syrians fleeing fighting between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish militia rest in a field between Afrin and Azaz, northwestern Syria, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesdat he hopes Afrin, at the center of the Syrian Kurdish district with the same name, will be totally encircled by the end of the day. Thousands of people had started to flee Afrin as the Turkish troops got closer, heading toward nearby government-controlled areas. But residents say they have come under fire. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian civilians with their belongings, fleeing fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels, in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March. 15, 2018. Thousands of civilians streamed out of Hamouria in Syria’s besieged, opposition-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing on foot and in pick-up trucks and tractors to government-held territory near the capital, Damascus, according to footage on state-run Syrian television. (SANA via AP)

BEIRUT — Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country’s north.