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Retaliatory Russian and Syrian Air Raids on Neighbourhoods in Aleppo Kill 19 Civilians | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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The Syrian regime and its allies are trying to compensate for their failure to achieve field progress on western and southern fronts in Aleppo by intensifying Russian and Syrian air raids on opposition controlled areas. Eastern neighbourhoods in the city were bombed as a result and 19 civilians, including three children were killed.

Twelve members of opposition factions were also killed as a result of raids carried out by Russian planes on a convoy on the Ramouseh Road in the south west of the city. Opposition factions have been foiling several attacks carried out on crucial points on the southern front, and are threatening to liberate other areas in Aleppo that are controlled by the regime.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that “At least 19 civilians were killed, including three children, and dozens were wounded by raids. We do not know whether the aircraft was Syrian or Russian.” The agency’s correspondent in the eastern neighbourhoods said that “the raids did not subside on Monday and Tuesday nights and during the hours of the morning”.

As long as civilians support and protect opposition factions, they will be directly targeted by air strikes according to what the deputy leader of the Fastaqim Kama Umirt group Mulhim Ukaidi confirmed. He believes that the regime and its allies “Are quick to take revenge on civilians with each loss that they incur in any area, and this is what happened after they lost control of the Ramouseh area, the Artillery College complex, the Hotel School and an armament college”.