Battle for Aleppo escalates, UN sees ‘bleak moment’
Aleppo: Air strikes and intense artillery fire have pounded the rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo for a fourth day running, monitors and rescuers say. An AFP correspondent in the Syrian city said the shelling was the most intense he had heard in two years. Thirteen people were reported killed in the province - three hit by rebel rockets in government-held areas. The UN’s Syria humanitarian adviser said east Aleppo faced a “bleak moment” with supplies low and winter coming. “My understanding is that virtually all warehouses are now empty and tens of thousands of families are running out of food,” Jan Egeland told Reuters. Najib Fakhoury, a volunteer with the White Helmets Civil Defence force, told the French news agency AFP he had “never heard such intense artillery bombardments”. His team had been unable to respond to an emergency call because “the shells are falling on the street,” he said. BBC
One of many children injured by the fighting in Aleppo.