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Thursday 22 August 2019

Peace activists set out to march from Berlin to Syria

Demonstrators attend the Civil March for Aleppo in Berlin (AP)
Demonstrators attend the Civil March for Aleppo in Berlin (AP)

Several hundred peace activists have started what they say will be a months-long protest march from Berlin to war-ravaged Syria to urge an end to the fighting there.

The Civil March for Aleppo set off carrying white flags from Berlin's former Tempelhof Airport on Monday in cloudy, cold and blustery weather.

Organisers said they expect to cover about 12 miles a day and to take about three and a half months to walk through Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Some will walk part of the way while others are invited to join along the route.

They hope to at least reach Turkey's border with Syria and if possible the Syrian city of Aleppo, the recent scene of heavy fighting and widespread misery.

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