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UN: Fighting displaces 100,000 in central Syria in 8 days

  • This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows civilians leaving the town of Suran, in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Suspected government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province. (Syria Press Center via AP)

    This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows civilians leaving the town of Suran, in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Suspected government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province. (Syria Press Center via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows rescue workers using a bulldozer to remove a burned van after airstrikes hit west of the town of Suran in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016, killing a dozen people. Suspected government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes in Hama amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas in the province. (Syria Press Center via AP)

    This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows rescue workers using a bulldozer to remove a burned van after airstrikes hit west of the town of Suran in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016, killing a dozen people. Suspected government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes in Hama amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas in the province. (Syria Press Center via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows civilians leaving the town of Suran, in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Suspected government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province. (Syria Press Center via AP)

    This photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows civilians leaving the town of Suran, in Hama province, Syria, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. Suspected government warplanes carried out several airstrikes in Syria's Hama on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, amid a lightning advance by insurgents on government-controlled areas of the central province. (Syria Press Center via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. humanitarian aid agency says fighting in Syria's central Hama governorate has displaced some 100,000 people over eight days between late August and early September.

In a "flash update ," OCHA says figures from a camp coordination group show nearly half of the displaced arrived in the neighboring Idlib governorate. It says a shortage of shelter space means many displaced families are sleeping outdoors in parks.

The Tuesday update says the United Nations has sent an "inter-agency convoy with life-saving supplies to Hama" and was evaluating the humanitarian situation.

OCHA says a dozen schools in rural areas and four mosques in the city of Hama were converted into temporary shelters.

Insurgents led by an ultraconservative Islamic group last week advanced northward in Hama province, prompting fierce fighting with government forces.