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Norwegian Refugee Council says 100,000 newly displaced Syrians in 3 weeks of recent fighting

  • Refugees from Syria and Iraq disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after arriving with other 120 people on a wooden boat from the Turkish coast, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe.(AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    Refugees from Syria and Iraq disembark on the Greek island of Lesbos after arriving with other 120 people on a wooden boat from the Turkish coast, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Greeceā€™s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe.(AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants wait   for buses after crossing the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Tens of  thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Migrants wait for buses after crossing the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Tens of thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants walk through a field after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    Migrants walk through a field after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)  (The Associated Press)

A Norwegian humanitarian group says that up to 100,000 Syrians have been displaced in the last three weeks by the recent surge in fighting following the Russian military intervention.

The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a statement Monday that the new wave of displacement is mostly from the province of Aleppo, where Syrian government and allied troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, began a ground offensive on Oct. 16. The militant Islamic State group has also seized new territories in Aleppo, pushing out rival rebels and fighting with government troops. Others were displaced by the airstrikes and fighting in Hama and Homs.

Karl Schembri, the council's media adviser, says the newly displaced are heading toward already crowded facilities along the border with Turkey.

"This is a cry for help," he says.