Two Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Aleppo
ALEPPO | Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.
The shelling that targeted government-controlled western Aleppo was one of the most intense in recent days. It coincided with a crushing air and ground assault that has seen forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad recapture more than half of opposition-held eastern Aleppo.
Russia and militias allied with Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah have been staunch supporters of the dictator in his country’s bitter civil war, now in its sixth year.