Aleppo offensive continues as nearly 50 airstrikes hit rebel-held areas in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Assad regime’s warcrafts.
A civil defense worker said at least 32 people were killed in the rebel-held parts of the city during the air strikes, with 18 bodies pulled from flattened buildings in the Qatrji neighborhood, the worst hit.
More than 60 civilians were killed and about 100 injured in a series of massacres committed by Assad regime’s warplanes in Aleppo and its countryside until Saturday.
air attacks hit al-Qaterji, al-Hellok, Jisr al-Haj, al-Kallasah, al-Meyaser, Karm al-Jabal and many neighborhoods in the city.
“The ferocious campaign of barrel bombs and rockets is still attacking Aleppo. We spare no pain and we hardly ever sleep because of this nonstop wave of Assad bombardment,” one of the Civil Defense (White Helmet) volunteers said. Aleppo offensive
“This week-long campaign of bombing is very intense and day by day it’s getting worse … it is the worst we have seen in a while,” said Bebars Mishal, a civil defense official in rebel-held Aleppo.
“The warplanes hit al-Sakhour, al-Baadeen, Sheikh Kader. People in al-Hellok are still under the rubble. They are trapped under the buildings. Civilians are under the daily attacks of barrel and cluster bombs. They are attacked by at least 50 barrel bombs every day,” activists said. Aleppo offensive
The airstrikes in Aleppo on Sunday came in the wake of strikes on civilian areas on Friday that residents said were the most intense in over a month.
Assad regime’s airstrikes had targeted the main Castello road that leads into rebel-held Aleppo as part of a campaign to complete the encirclement of the city’s insurgent-dominated areas.
A Russian defense ministry statement on Sunday accused Syrian rebels of firing mortars on the mainly Kurdish-populated Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood in Aleppo that overlooks the Castello road.
A monitor said 13 people, including six children, were killed on Saturday in the Kurdish-run area by insurgents’ mortars.
Rebels accuse the powerful Kurdish YPG of working with the Syrian army to cut the main artery by intensifying their ground attacks on the highway.