Dozens die as war­planes pound rebel-held north Syria

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Syr­ian and Rus­sian war­planes have launched a wave of air strikes in north­ern Syria, killing dozens in ar­eas held by a rebel al­liance bat­tling to take con­trol of sec­ond city Aleppo. The air strikes, which be­gan on Au­gust 13 and con­tin­ued the next day, killed 45 civil­ians in and around Aleppo and 22 in neigh­bour­ing Idlib province, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said. The raids came as the Is­lamist Fay­laq al-Sham Is­lamist fac­tion, part of the rebel al­liance, said it had be­gun a new of­fen­sive “to lib­er­ate” the regime-held area of Zahra on Aleppo’s western out­skirts. – AFP

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