Eye of the storm? Aleppo violence slows down following intense airstrikes

Published September 25th, 2016 - 01:01 GMT
Syrian fire fighters put out a blaze at the scene of a reported barrel bomb strike. (AFP/File)
Syrian fire fighters put out a blaze at the scene of a reported barrel bomb strike. (AFP/File)

There was a lull in fighting on Sunday in Syria's divided city of Aleppo after days of heavy airstrikes that left dozens of people dead, a monitoring group reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the lull had been preceded overnight by regime shelling and bombing by unidentified warplanes on the rebel-held eastern section of Aleppo.

"In comparison to the last two days, we can sit and relax so far," a nurse at a local hospital in eastern Aleppo told dpa via WhatsApp.

Government jets, backed by Russian air cover, have pounded opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo since a truce, brokered by Moscow and Washington, collapsed Monday night.

The surge in violence has worsened the situation inside eastern Aleppo, which has been besieged by regime forces since July 17.

The siege has resulted in an acute shortage of food supplies and fuel, according to the watchdog, which relies on a network inside Syria.

Once Syria's commercial hub, Aleppo has been divided between government forces in the west and rebels in the east since fighting erupted for control of the city in mid-2012.


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