Syria: Airstrikes in Aleppo and shelling in south kill 20

Fighting on a number of fronts across the country has intensified in recent weeks following the collapse of a US and Russian-brokered cease-fire.

By: AP | Beirut | Published: October 12, 2016 7:51 am
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Airstrikes on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 14 people Tuesday, while the shelling of a government-held neighborhood in southern Syria hit a school, killing at least six, including children, opposition activists and state media said.

Syria’s official news agency SANA also reported rare shelling of neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, including several mortar shells fired by opposition groups based on the edge of the city that landed in the residential Qasaa district and close to the Umayyad Mosque, wounding an unspecified number of people.

Fighting on a number of fronts across the country has intensified in recent weeks following the collapse of a U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire.

The northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest and its former commercial center, has seen particularly fierce fighting, as pro-government forces try to capture neighborhoods in besieged opposition-held parts of the city.

The activist-operated Aleppo Today TV station and Qasioun news agency say bunker-busting bombs were used in an attack on the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Other activist groups and a member of the Aleppo local council, Zakaria Amino, said rescue workers were searching for people under the rubble. Amino said bombs fell on a number of other rebel-held neighborhoods.

The opposition-held part of Aleppo has been battered by an intensive aerial campaign since last month, when the truce collapsed after just a week. Syrian pro-government forces are also conducting a ground offensive into the rebel-held districts, advancing slowly in the north, east and south of the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes on Aleppo killed at least 16 people, while the Local Coordination Committees said 14 were killed.

In the southern city of Daraa, where the conflict began following anti-government protests in March 2011, rebels fired rockets at government-held areas. One hit a primary school, killing six people, among them five children, and wounding 18 students, according to state-run news agency SANA. It said some of the wounded are in serious condition.

SANA posted a photo of a boy carried on a stretcher, his grey trousers stained with blood and his bandaged right hand on his stomach. Another photo showed a boy and a girl inside what appeared to be a hospital with IV drips in their arms.

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    Oct 12, 2016 at 9:27 am
    Since all the medias or news papers are getting huge financial supports from United States,it is,unfortunately,difficile to believe all these images.This is the work of. CIA to blame Russians.This could be also work of those US supported moderate rebels to blame Russia.These are the rebels who attacked the civilians to flee away towards Europe as refugies and most of these refugies or well organized civilians travelled to Greece "But who was financing for all these boats?lt;br/gt;We can not accept the Americans and some western countries who openly support with Russia to fight against DAESCH or. ISIS but behind they are not fighting against DAESCH but helping these moderate rebels trained by some US military against Syriyan government.Do these. Double standard atude of France,UK and US won't help for any peace.What they want is to destroy Syria ( a country against western countries'
      Oct 12, 2016 at 9:40 am
      The Russian President has just cancelled his visit to France because of France's double standard policy .France is fully attached to United States on this Syrian and Iraq wars.whatever the US propose against Putin France and UK are always supporting;br/gt;French President wants Putin to be tried at International court as criminal .But he won't ask George Bush,Tony Blair to be tried for the w destruction of Iraq! He can not because he will be well punished by US.Do he has to follow what Obama dictate on;br/gt;They have already destro d Iraq and Lybia .Now they want to destroy the only remaing country Syria just for their own.;br/gt;So all these refugees problems were created by these three countries but never never;br/gt;If Putin had not intervened immediately ,by this time Syria would have been destro into three parts.( one is for Israel near Golan Heights,one is for Kurdistan and the remaining will be by Syrians ethnics.This is what that these three culprits want to;br/gt;Nobody is asking or proposing to bring George bush and Tony Blair,Sarkozy and David Cameron for the same war ciriminels!lt;br/gt;What a wonderful world? Russia is there to save Sriya from this final destruction by western countries.