Friday 18 August 2017

Five children among dead in Syrian attack

A woman reacts while civil defence members carry her dead child after what activists said was shelling by warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bab Al-Nairab district April 12 (REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail)
A woman reacts while civil defence members carry her dead child after what activists said was shelling by warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo's rebel-controlled Bab Al-Nairab district April 12 (REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail)
Residents inspect the damage from what activists said was due to shelling by warplanes loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad inside a vegetable market in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo (REUTERS/Rami Zayat)

Alan Martin Beirut

Five children were among nine people killed when a Syrian government air raid struck near a school in the northern city of Aleppo, according to activists.

The Aleppo Media Centre and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raid hit the opposition-held Ansari neighbourhood. The bloodshed comes a day after rebel shelling and government airstrikes killed more than 30 people on both sides of the divided city, which is carved into government- and rebel-controlled areas.

The Observatory said at least nine people were killed in yesterday's airstrike, and warned that the tally could rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition. The Aleppo Media Centre put the death toll at 10 and said dozens of people were wounded.

Aleppo is a major frontline in the four-year-old Syrian civil war, a conflict which the United Nations says has killed around 220,000 people.

The city, about 50km from the Turkish border, is divided between government and insurgent control.

The Observatory said at least 32 people were also killed in Aleppo on Saturday, 17 of them in the government-held district of Suleimaniyah bombarded by rebels, and 15 of them in an army air strike that later hit a market in a rebel-held area.

The Syrian National Coalition, a Turkey-based political opposition alliance, said the air strike on the market in the Maadi district of Aleppo on Saturday was a new massacre of civilians by President Bashar al-Assad.

Irish Independent

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