Regime warplanes kill at least 18 civilians in Aleppo

Syrian regime warplanes kill at least 18 civilians in a busy market place in Aleppo, northern Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Residents covered in dust stand in a site damaged from what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Katerji district in Aleppo September 20, 2015.

Updated Sep 22, 2015

Syrian regime warplanes have targeted a busy market place in Aleppo’s al Sheaar neighbourhood, Killing at least 12 and wounding 40.

Witnesses say the number may rapidly rise given the seriousness of the situation, as most of the 18 dead Syrian civilians are women and children.

Most of the 40 wounded are also in very critical condition, currently being treated in medical shelters erected in various places around the neighbourhood.

Aleppo has suffered great losses since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, with around 5,000 civilians dying in Aleppo in August 2015 alone.

Two hundred and forty thousand Syrians have died during the war and millions were displaced worldwide, with almost 2 million in Turkey, 1.1 million in Lebanon and hundreds of thousands in Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Conditions of war and poverty have pushed thousands of Syrian refugees to take dangerous sea journeys to Europe. Hundreds died along the way and hundreds are still missing.

This comes on the same day as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Russia to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks over the Syrian crises.

TRTWorld and agencies