Bat­tle for be­sieged Syr­ian city of Aleppo in­ten­si­fies

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

With in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy in tat­ters and the U.S. fo­cused on its elec­tion, the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and its Rus­sian al­lies are seiz­ing the mo­ment to wage an all-out cam­paign to re­cap­ture Aleppo, un­leash­ing the most de­struc­tive bomb­ing of the past five years and push­ing into the cen­ter of the Old City.

Des­per­ate res­i­dents de­scribe hor­rific scenes in Syria’s largest city and one­time com­mer­cial cen­ter, with hos­pi­tals and un­der­ground shel­ters hit by in­dis­crim­i­nate airstrikes that the U.N. said may amount to a war crime.

De­bris cov­ers streets lined with bombed-out build­ings, trap­ping peo­ple in their neigh­bor­hoods and hin­der­ing res­cue work­ers. On Tues­day, ac­tivists re­ported at least 11 peo­ple killed in airstrikes on two dis­tricts in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.

The iso­lated rebels say they are de­ter­mined to “fight un­til the end” to de­fend their neigh­bor­hoods.

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