Activists say death toll rises in bombings of Syria's Aleppo

13 October, 2016, 07:47 | Author: Gregory Stephens

BEIRUT (AP) - Airstrikes on rebel-held parts of the besieged city of Aleppo killed at least eight people Tuesday, while shelling of a government-held neighborhood in a southern Syrian city hit a school, killing at least six people, among them children, activists and state media said.

A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said Lavrov and Kerry will meet in the Swiss city of Lausanne Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organization that reports on the war, also reported heavy air strikes against the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus.

On Tuesday, Russian or Syrian aircraft bombed several neighborhoods, killing at least 41 people, including five children, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, a group of volunteer first responders, and the activist-run Aleppo Media Center.

Heavy aerial bombardment of eastern Aleppo resumed on Tuesday after a pause of several days which the Syrian army said was created to allow civilians to leave. It said some of the wounded are in serious condition.

Overstretched rescuers were still digging through the rubble from the strikes the day before when they were called to the scene of the market bombing, which took place in the early afternoon.

On Tuesday, the head of the Observatory, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said the people in the eastern part of Aleppo "doesn't trust" the Syrian authorities, as they fear to face imprisonment and integration.


Pope Francis is calling for an urgent cease-fire in Syria to evacuate civilians from what he called an "inhuman" assault on the besieged rebel-held part of the city of Aleppo.

He says despite the bloodshed, "we should work" for a political solution to end the five-year crisis.

An intensive day of bombing in Syria's besieged rebel-held Aleppo city left at least 25 people dead, including five children, overwhelming rescue workers who continued a day later Wednesday to search for survivors under the rubble, according to activists and a civil defence spokesman.

The U.N. Security Council is deadlocked over how to respond to the Aleppo crisis, with Russian Federation and the USA failing to agree on renewing a cease-fire.

Other activist groups and a member of the Aleppo local council, Zakaria Amino, said rescue workers were searching for people under the rubble.

Bunker-busting bombs were also reportedly used in an attack in Bustan al-Qasr in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

The bombings resumed on Wednesday.

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