Airstrikes on war-weary Aleppo kill 13 more civilians
Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, carry the body of a victim following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016. (AFP/Thaer Mohammed)
Click here to add al-Qasr as an alert
Disable alert for al-Qasr,
Click here to add Aleppo as an alert
Disable alert for Aleppo,
Click here to add Anadolu Agency as an alert
Disable alert for Anadolu Agency,
Click here to add Damascus as an alert
Disable alert for Damascus,
Click here to add Idlib as an alert
Disable alert for Idlib,
Click here to add Najib al as an alert
Disable alert for Najib al,
Click here to add Najib al-Ansari as an alert
Disable alert for Najib al-Ansari,
Click here to add Russian military as an alert
Disable alert for Russian military,
Click here to add United Nations as an alert
Disable alert for United Nations
Thirteen people were killed and another 25 injured Thursday when Russian warplanes struck opposition-held areas of Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, according to a local civil defense official.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Najib al-Ansari, a pro-opposition civil defense official based in the city, said Russian jets had targeted Aleppo’s eastern Bustan al-Qasr and Al-Sakhour neighborhoods with vacuum bombs.
Civil defense teams rushed to stricken areas in hopes of rescuing people from under the rubble of collapsed buildings, while the injured were taken to nearby field hospitals, al-Ansari said, pointing out that the airstrikes were still ongoing.
On Wednesday, at least 94 civilians were killed by Russian and regime warplanes in opposition-held parts of the Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, more than a quarter of a million people are believed to have been killed -- and more than 10 million displaced -- across the war-torn country, according to UN figures.
One year ago, the Russian military began extensive air operations in Syria with the stated aim of fighting extremist groups based in the country and supporting the embattled Assad regime.
- Assault on Aleppo: At least 30 more civilians killed in airstrikes
- No civilians killed in coalition strike Aleppo: US
- Russian airstrikes kill 12 civilians in residential neighborhood in Aleppo
- Syria: Russian airstrikes on Idlib, Aleppo kill eight civilians
- Syrian army airstrikes pound Aleppo, 23 civilians killed