Syrian mon­i­tor: Rus­sian strikes killed 9,300 in the past year

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

A year of Rus­sian airstrikes on ar­eas out­side gov­ern­ment con­trol in Syria have killed more than 9,000 peo­ple, dis­placed tens of thou­sands and caused wide­spread destruction, an op­po­si­tion mon­i­tor­ing group said Fri­day.

On Sept. 30 last year, Rus­sia be­gan an air cam­paign back­ing the ground forces of Syrian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad, turn­ing the bal­ance of power in his fa­vor in many ar­eas — in­clud­ing the north­ern prov­ince of Aleppo and the sub­urbs of the cap­i­tal Da­m­as­cus.

Op­po­si­tion ac­tivists have blamed Rus­sia for most of the re­cent airstrikes against rebel-held neigh­bor­hoods of east Aleppo city that have killed more than 320 civil­ians in the past two weeks and de­mol­ished many build­ings.

The an­niver­sary came as vi­o­lence in dif­fer­ent parts of Syria claimed more lives Fri­day, mainly in Aleppo city where at least 12 peo­ple were killed and dozens more wounded.

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