Beirut - Air raids on two rebel-held districts of Aleppo Tuesday killed 19 civilians, including three children, activists said.
Beirut – Air raids on two rebel-held districts of Aleppo Tuesday killed 19 civilians, including three children, activists said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes were carried out by either Russian or government aircraft and that dozens of people were also wounded, some of them critically, in Tariq al-Bab and Al-Sakhur neighborhoods.
The Britain-based Observatory also said that 12 rebels were killed in Russian airstrikes Tuesday targeting a convoy of anti-government fighters on the city’s southern outskirts.
The Observatory’s head, Rami Abdel-Rahman, said the convoy was travelling into Aleppo via the Ramussa road, the access route rebels opened in early August into parts of the city they control.
That road has been used to bring in vegetables, gasoline and other goods into eastern Aleppo, marking the end of a three-week government siege of those districts.
Rebels, Islamists and extremists are locked in clashes with government forces on the southern edges of Aleppo in a bid to keep the route open.
More than 290,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government protests that morphed into a brutal multi-front war.