Dozens of civilians killed as barrel bombs hit ISIS-held areas in Aleppo


ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Tuesday at least 20 people were killed and dozens others injured, due to aerial bombardment by the pro-regime air force on the city of  al-Bab in Aleppo province, northern Syria, locals reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Imad Hussein reported that the pro-Assad helicopters dropped two barrel bombs on areas controlled by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the city, killing about 20 people, including civilians and members of the IS. 

“Other areas in al-Bab were exposed to similar attacks which claimed lives of about 70 others, including civilians and members of the IS group,” Hussein said.

“The injured were transferred to field hospitals in the city.”

Meanwhile, the pro-regime forces (stationed in Kweris military airport) targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of al-Bab with heavy artillery.

In southern Syria, civil rights activist Haitham Nassar told ARA News in Daraa that a number of civilians were injured Tuesday morning, due to the bombardment of residential neighborhoods in the city of Inkhil in the Daraa suburb by pro-Assad warplanes.

“The pro-regime forces (stationed in Tel Areed and the Brigade “52” in the city of al-Hirak) targeted residential buildings in the towns of Deir al-Adas and Karak Sharqiya in the countryside of Daraa with heavy artillery,” Nassar reported. Scores of casualties were noted. 

This coincided with clashes between pro-regime forces and fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the vicinity of the city of Daraa.

The FSA rebels attempted to regain areas held by the regime forces in order to link the FSA-held areas with the capital Damascus. The most violent battles have taken place in the town of Sheikh Miskin (near Brigade “82”) and in the towns of Deir Adas and Sanamayn, on the road linking Daraa with Damascus.


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah and Ahmed Hammad

Source: ARA News

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