Rebel fire on west Aleppo kills 7 chil­dren

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least seven chil­dren were killed yes­ter­day by rebel rocket fire that hit a school in the gov­ern­ment-held west of Aleppo city, state media said. State tele­vi­sion ini­tially gave a toll of 10 killed, but the of­fi­cial SANA news agency sub­se­quently said eight peo­ple had been killed, seven chil­dren and a woman.

The rocket fire hit a school in the Furqan neigh­bor­hood, and also in­jured at least 32 peo­ple, SANA said, cit­ing a po­lice source. The news agency re­ported ad­di­tional rebel fire on other parts of west Aleppo, which is reg­u­larly tar­geted by the op­po­si­tion forces that hold the east­ern part of the city.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a Bri­tain-based mon­i­tor of the war, also re­ported the deaths of seven chil­dren in rebel fire. It said the deaths brought the toll in the last two days in west Aleppo to 13, among them nine chil­dren. Gov­ern­ment forces are cur­rently wag­ing a fe­ro­cious as­sault against east Aleppo, tar­get­ing it with air strikes, bar­rel bombs and ar­tillery fire.

They re­newed their fire on the east on Tues­day, af­ter a pe­riod of rel­a­tive respite, in a bid to re­cap­ture the re­bel­held side of the city. The Ob­ser­va­tory says at least 103 civil­ians have been killed in east Aleppo since the lat­est gov­ern­ment as­sault be­gan. — AFP

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