Syrian rebels target regime-held district in Aleppo, nine civilians reported dead

Syrian boy walks alongside his bicycle across damaged residential buildings in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Syrian opposition fighters bombed Saturday the regime-held neighborhood of Ashrafiya in the city of Aleppo, causing the death of nine civilians and the injury of dozens, local activists reported.

Eyewitnesses told ARA News that the opposition forces of Badr Martyrs Brigade bombed the regime-held neighborhood of Ashrafiya with homemade mortar shells (hell cannon), killing nine civilians, including two children and a woman, and injuring dozens others.

The attack also caused substantial damage to the residential buildings in Ashrafiya.

The source added that the bombing caused the injury of more than 30 people, some of whom are in critical conditions.

Hundreds of Ashrafiya’s residents escaped their houses for fear of further bombardment.

In the meantime, regime’s warplanes targeted opposition-held districts in Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday. 

Speaking to ARA News, Badiaa Ali, a displaced woman from Aleppo, said that the government helicopters continue bombarding districts held by the opposition in the city with barrel bombs, while the opposition factions are bombarding the regime-held areas with homemade mortars and missiles.

“In both cases, the big loser in the conflict are civilians; they’re being killed and displaced in this endless conflict,” she added.

The battles between the Syrian regime and opposition factions continue in many neighborhoods of Aleppo, while the outskirts of the city witness a gradual advancement by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), according to local activists.


Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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