Rus­sia re­news heavy bomb­ing of Aleppo

The Myanmar Times - - World -

REGIME ally Rus­sia car­ried out its heav­i­est strikes in days on Syria’s Aleppo as rebel fire killed at least five school­child­ren in the war-torn coun­try’s south.

The raids in Aleppo killed 25 civil­ians, a mon­i­tor said, and caused mas­sive dam­age in sev­eral res­i­den­tial ar­eas of the city’s rebel-held east.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin mean­while can­celled a trip to Paris in a row over the vi­o­lence in Syria, where Moscow is help­ing Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s forces in an op­er­a­tion to re­cap­ture all of Aleppo.

The as­sault be­gan after the col­lapse of a short-lived truce ne­go­ti­ated by Wash­ing­ton and Moscow, and has seen the besieged east of the city come un­der fierce aerial as­sault.

“This is the heav­i­est Rus­sian bom­bard­ment since the Syr­ian regime an­nounced it would re­duce the bom­bard­ment last week,” said Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami Ab­del Rah­man.

The 25 dead, among them four chil­dren, were killed in raids in east Aleppo in­clud­ing in the dis­tricts of Bus­tan al-Qasr and Far­dos, the Ob­ser­va­tory said.

An AFP cor­re­spon­dent in Bus­tan al-Qasr saw a multi-storey res­i­den­tial build­ing that had been de­stroyed, its fa­cade sheared off.

Footage by the Aleppo Me­dia Cen­tre ac­tivist group showed a tod­dler, blood smeared across her face, ly­ing on a hos­pi­tal bed.

An el­derly man near her wailed in pain as a team of medics bent over him, call­ing out in­struc­tions to the nurses.

Backed by Rus­sian air raids, gov­ern­ment forces have been ad­vanc­ing street by street into rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

More than 300 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, have been killed by gov­ern­ment or Rus­sian fire since the op­er­a­tion be­gan.

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande had de­scribed the Aleppo cam­paign as a war crime a day after Moscow ve­toed a UN res­o­lu­tion on a halt to air strikes on the city.

In a sign of es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions, the Krem­lin said Mr Putin had called off an Oc­to­ber 19 visit to in­au­gu­rate an Ortho­dox church in Paris, but was “ready to visit when it is com­fort­able for Pres­i­dent Hol­lande”. –

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