Russian air strikes in Syria's Aleppo kill 4, injure 60

Series of Russian air strikes kill at least four and injure 60 in Aleppo, Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A girl carrying a baby grieves at the damage caused by Russian jets in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria January 10, 2016.

A series of Russian airstrikes have killed at least four people and injured 60 in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.

Russian warplanes had carried out a total of 20 air strikes in the region of Anadan, roughly 12 kilometres north of Aleppo, Civil Defence units in the city told Anadolu Agency.

The strikes had badly damaged several residential areas, local sources told Anadolu Agency.

Russia’s air force has carried out 468 attacks in Syria over the past week, hitting more than 1,300 targets, Russian news agencies quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

Civil defence units had to pull the bodies of the dead and injured from the rubble and destroyed buildings, Mohamed Kurab, an activist based in Anadan, told Anadolu Agency.

Local residents in northern Aleppo are afraid to go out due to ongoing Russian air strikes, Kurab said.

Russia’s air strikes in Syria started on September 30, 2015 and since then the attacks have killed “hundreds” of citizens, according to an Amnesty International report.

Critics have accused the Kremlin of supporting the regime leader Bashar al-Assad by targeting opposition forces, allowing the war to progress in Assad’s favour ever since.

The monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday that Russian air strikes have killed nearly 1,400 civilians in Syria.

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