The United Nations envoy Staffan De Mistura condemned on Monday the Syrian regime air strikes on the Al Bab city north of Aleppo. At least 84 people including women and children were killed on Saturday in the air strikes conducted by the Syrian regime, as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which tracks the conflict from Britain through contacts on the ground said.
De Mistura condemned the Syrian regime air strikes targeting civilians in Aleppo for the first time after several rounds of failed peace talks which the rebels refused to attend most of them. A UN efforts for a broker of ceasefire in Aleppo was refused by the rebels.
“The news of aerial bombing by Syrian helicopters on a civilian area of the Aleppo neighbourhood of Al Shaar deserves the most strong international condemnation,” he said.
“The use of barrel bombs must stop,” he added. “All evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been caused by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons.”
Al Bab is controlled by ISIS, situated about 40 kilometres northeast of Aleppo city, while the east of the provincial capital is in Syrian opposition hands.
“Totally unacceptable that the Syrian air force attacks its own territory in an indiscriminate way, killing its own citizens,” De Mistura added.
The director of the Britain-based monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman, said 12 people were killed in rebel-held Al Shaar, including eight members of a single family. While the huge number of civilian casualties were in a market called Souk al Hal which is under the control of ISIS.
“Barrel bombs dropped by President Bashar al Assad’s helicopters killed 84 civilians, including children and women, in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday,” the SOHR said.
On Sunday, the regime air raids targeted civilians once more in Al Ferdos east of Aleppo city, killing at least 20 civilians, according to the SOHR.
The air raid caused a bombardment and demolishing in the buildings in the area as dozens of civilians were under the rubbles as videos posted by activists showed volunteers taking victims from under the debrises, most of them are dead including children.
Still the search continues for survivors and bodies to be recoverd out of the debrises.
Within 24 hours the air strikes of the regime killed 140 civilians countrywide in Aleppo, Idlib, Damascus, Deir Ezzor, and Daraa provinces, according to the SOHR.
According to the UN estimates more than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war that started as an uprise and descended later into complex civil war. More than 6.7 millions had fled the country while other millions are displaced internally.