Two Rus­sian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Aleppo

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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.

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