Russian, Syrian airstrikes kill 19 civilians in Aleppo
At least 19 civilians were killed and scores injured in airstrikes carried out by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes in Syria’s northern Aleppo city on Saturday, according to a local civil defense official, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported.
“Nineteen civilians were killed and 55 others injured, including children and women,” Ibrahim Abu Laith told Anadolu, adding that Syrian regime and Russian aircraft had bombed several residential areas in Aleppo city.
Abu Laith said that civil defense teams were struggling to extract civilians from under the rubble.
Read alsoRussia bombed base in Syria used by U.S. - WSJAleppo has seen an uptick in airstrikes in recent days, coinciding with fierce clashes on the ground between armed opposition groups and regime forces on Aleppo’s outskirts as the latter attempt to tighten their grip on the besieged city.
On Friday, Syrian regime and Russian planes struck opposition-held areas in Aleppo, killing 16 people and injuring 21 others.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien warned on Thursday that up to 300,000 people are at risk of besiegement in Aleppo.