ALEPPO // More than 300 civilians have been killed in a three-week surge of fighting and bombardment in the devastated city of Aleppo city. The battle for Syria’s second city has killed 333 civilians since July 31, when rebels launched a major push to break a government siege of districts under their control.
The toll of dead includes 165 civilians — among them 49 children — killed by the opposition firing on the city’s government-held western districts, which is home to 1.2 million people.
Another 168 civilians died in air strikes by Russian and Syrian government forces and shelling on the city’s eastern neighbourhoods, where some 250,000 people live under rebel control. Another 109 people were killed in bombardments across the rest of Aleppo province during the same period, according to the UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collates information from a network of sources inside Syria.
Once Syria’s economic hub, Aleppo city has been ripped apart by violence since mid-2012, with warplanes bombarding the east and rockets raining down on the west. In September 2015, Russia initiated air raids in support of President Bashar Al Assad’s forces. READ MORE OF THIS STORY
SOURCES: NewsNow/The National