At least 10 dead in Syria’s largest city
A Bollywood film producer Anurag Kashyap has taken his row with India’s censor board to court, challenging dozens of cuts and changes to a film that depicts the menace of drug abuse in the northern state of Punjab. Censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalini said that the movie wrongly depicts 70 per cent of people of the state consuming drugs and defaming them. Kashyap said 89 cuts to the film were demanded and he was asked to drop the name of the state from the title, Udta Punjab, or Flying Punjab. Airstrikes on rebel-held districts of Syria’s contested city of Aleppo, including one that struck near a hospital, killed at least 10 people and left many others wounded, Syrian opposition activists said yesterday.
Syria’s largest city has seen an increase in violence in the last two days, with government forces pounding rebel-held eastern parts of the city with airstrikes while rebels are shelling western, government-held parts of Aleppo.
The activists said one of the strikes yesterday hit near the Bayan hospital in the Shaar neighbourhood. Amateur videos uploaded on the internet by activists show massive destruction, fires and thick black smoke billowing from buildings.
Wounded people are seen being loaded into ambulances. A body covered in thick gray dust is lying face down on a street littered with debris.
The Independent Doctors Association, which describes itself as a cross-border Syrian humanitarian organisation providing health care to the province and the city of Aleppo, said on its Twitter account that an airstrike hit a children's hospital it runs, destroying one floor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition monitoring group, said at least 10, including children, were killed.
It was not immediately clear if they were all victims of the strike that hit near the hospital.
The Local Coordination Committees, which also closely follows the conflict in Syria, also reported the airstrikes, saying they resulted in multiple casualties.
Hospitals have become a regular target in Syria's civil war, now in its sixth year.