UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting

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The United Nations said fighting around Syria's capital has cut off 300,000 people from humanitarian assistance and pauses in the conflict are needed to allow aid convoys to get to the area.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US would set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

"The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," the top US diplomat said, addressing a meeting of 68 countries gathered in Washington, DC, to discuss the fight to defeat ISIL.

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