The Syrian regime and Russia resumed military and air operations in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, a month after they were suspended. While Moscow insisted that the large scale operation carried out by its forces “does not include Aleppo”, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it is likely that Russia is participating in the strikes on the city and that its denial is an attempt to shirk responsibility in the event that many civilians are injured.
The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul Rahman told Asharq Al-Awsat that 8 airstrikes were carried out all at once in the eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo and said that “We know that the Syrian regime does not have the ability to do so”. He also pointed out that “the expansion of Moscow’s strikes to include the countrysides of Homs and Idlib aims to disperse fighters. Abdul Rahman added that “It cannot be said that the major battle for Aleppo that the regime and its allies promised has been launched, especially as question marks remain about their real ability to fight this battle due to the large number of civilians in the targeted neighbourhoods”.
Meanwhile, the military spokesman for the Fastaqim Kama Umirt group Ammar Saqqaar said that initial information indicates that the Syrian regime is mainly responsible for launching strikes on the eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo which led to many people being wounded and killed. He also indicated in a statement that he made to Asharq Al-Awsat that they are using “missiles that do not aim at specific targets” and therefore the bombing is random. He continued by saying that the raids are not limited to the city but also extend to the countryside where three hospitals were targeted in 24 hours.