Airstrikes Pound Rebel-held Areas of Aleppo as Regime Campaign Continues

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A man carries a girl that survived double airstrikes on the rebel-held Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, August 27, 2016.
File photo: A man carries a girl that survived double airstrikes on the rebel-held Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, August 27, 2016.Credit: Abdalrhman Ismail, Reuters

REUTERS - Dozens of airstrikes hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a cease-fire broke down almost a week ago.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of airstrikes had hit the rebel-held half of the divided city overnight, killing and wounding a number of people.

The air attacks follow a week of escalating bombardment after a week-long cease-fire broke down. On Thursday the Syrian army said it launched a fresh offensive in the city which has become the main battle ground of the conflict, now in its sixth year. 

Bebars Mishal, a civil defense worker in rebel-held Aleppo, told Reuters the bombardment continued overnight until 6 A.M. local time.

"It's the same situation. Especially at night, the bombardment intensifies, it becomes more violent, using all kinds of weapons, phosphorous and napalm and cluster bombs," Mishal said. 

"Now, there's just the helicopter, and God only knows where it will bomb. God knows which building will collapse," he said. 

The Observatory said it had documented the deaths of 237 people, including 38 children, from airstrikes on Aleppo city and the surrounding countryside since last Monday when the cease-fire ended. Of those documented deaths, 162 were in rebel-held east Aleppo city. 

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