Russian airstrike rock eastern Aleppo for second day

Smoke rises from airstrikes on Guzhe village, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria October 17, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
Smoke rises from airstrikes on Guzhe village, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

CNN – A boy sits on a sidewalk barefoot, his head wrapped in a bandage. For the past three weeks, he hasn’t heard the pummeling of air raids in the city.

Bombings had been temporarily stopped in Aleppo. But Wednesday, his childhood of war resumed. His dad sits beside him holding one of his injured siblings. Behind him, his sister is covered in a red blanket. She’s dead.

And life goes on for the boy in Aleppo.The photo was shot after the Syrian government bombed rebel-held areas in the city.

At least 87 people, including four children, were killed in a Syrian regime blitz on war-ravaged eastern Aleppo and the surrounding countryside. The bombings pounded hospitals, a blood bank and targets near schools, activists and medical staff said.

The Al-Shaar neighborhood appeared to be the worst hit, with barrel bombs striking the Children’s Hospital, Al-Bayan Hospital and the Central Blood Bank, staff on site with the Syrian American Medical Association (SAMS) told CNN. Buildings nearby were completely flattened.

Bebars Meshaal from the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, initially put the death toll at 27 and said three additional bodies had been recovered from bombings the previous day, when regime forces resumed its air raid over eastern Aleppo after a three-week lull.

The death toll rose later in the day, with the White Helmets saying 22 people of those killed were in the village of Batbo. Fifty were injured there, the group said.

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