Russian jets hit residential areas in Syria, kill 7

Russian fighter jets target marketplace and medical facility, killing 7 people and injuring 20 others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The associate director of a school inspects damage inside a classroom after what activists said was an air strike carried out yesterday by the Russian air force in Injara town, Aleppo countryside, Syria

Russian air strikes on a market place and medical facility in the Syrian city of Aleppo have left 7 people dead and 20 others injured.

According to opposition civil defence officials, Russian fighter jets targeted the opposition controlled Sukeri neighborhood. There were women and children among the casualties. Officials said paramedics and civilians near the scene carried the injured to a field hospital.

They reported massive destruction in residential areas where several cars and homes were also severely damaged. Civil defence teams are conducting rescue operations in the affected areas.

Russian air strikes began targeting Syria on September 30 in support of the regime of Bashar al Assad, mainly hitting opposition held regions rather than DAESH-controlled territory.

Monitoring groups reported that Russian strikes killed hundreds of civilians as well as members of opposition factions fighting Assad’s forces, enabling the regime to expand its control.

The UK-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said in a report released in late December that only 20 percent of Russian strikes targeted DAESH-controlled regions.

TRTWorld, AA