Bat­tle for Aleppo es­ca­lates, UN sees ‘bleak mo­ment’

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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.

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