Regime air strikes kill 26 in northern Syria

Regime raids kill at least 26 on rebel-held district in Aleppo province

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 26 civilians, including women and children, were killed on Wednesday by Syrian regime air strikes on the city of Aleppo.

Regime warplanes targeted the rebel-held district of Al Maghair causing a lot of damage. Other neighbourhoods were targeted as well, such as Karam al Tarrab and Fardous, causing damage and injuring civilians.

According to Al Jazeera, the death tolls may rise, several of the wounded civilians are currently in critical condition.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that more than 5,000 people were killed in Aleppo in the month of Ramadan alone.

Opposition escalates shellings

Meanwhile, in the northern section of Aleppo, the Fateh Halep (Aleppo Conquest) operation room - an opposition alliance consisting of rebel groups alongside with the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front - had repelled an attempted advance by ISIS towards the town of Umm al Housh town in Azaz.

The Aleppo Conquest warned to escalate the shellings in Nubul and Al Zahraa - which is mostly occupied by the pro-Shiite regime forces - if the regime forces continue their offence on Zabadani in the outskirts of Damascus.

At least 300 shellings were conducted by opposition fighters in the regime-held outskirts of Shiite inhabited Fouaa and Kafria in the Idlib province as a response to the regime assault to civilians in the town of Zabadani.

The United Nations (UN) envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said the Syrian regime and Hezbollah fighters caused an unprecedented level of destruction in Zabadani on an offence to recover the city from the Syrian rebels

De Mistura said on Tuesday citing local sources the Syrian military had dropped a large number of barrel bombs on Zabadani "causing unprecedented levels of destruction and many deaths among the civilian population."

As of June 30, at least 19,205 air strikes were carried out by the regime’s air forces this year alone, the SOHR reported.

The regime’s helicopters dropped at least 10,433 barrel bombs on different areas in Syria, killing more than 2,916 civilians, including 456 women and 665 children, while 18,000 other civilians were wounded.

According to the UN, an estimated 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprise which later  descended into a complex civil war. More than 6.7 million civilians have fled the country while millions of others are displaced internally.

TRTWorld and agencies