Russian-Syrian mass killing continues in Aleppo, more than 600 airstrikes in 6 days

Syrian Civil Defence workers evacuate a body following a regime air strike. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED
Syrian Civil Defence workers evacuate a body following a regime air strike. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED

More than 600 airstrikes have hit rebel-held eastern Aleppo in the last six days, killing 126, the BBC reports. A Syrian civilian has described how bombing by Pro-Assad and Russian jets means he now has “no one left”.

Footage filmed in the aftermath of a bombing raid shows bloodied and crying babies being carried through a hysterical crowd and thrown onto stretchers. “They told me my wife was still here, so I went to look for her.” He then says he found her lifeless body in the rubble.

Syria’s conflict has evolved into a complex war involving foreign powers since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had waited long enough for Syria’s moderate opposition to leave Aleppo areas controlled by jihadist groups, and that air raids by Russia should “not be a surprise”.

“What is happening in Aleppo and around it now, we warned the Americans about this in advance, and they know that we will be actively supporting the Syrian army from the air to prevent terrorists from seizing territory,” he told a press conference.

Washington “is asking us and Syrian leadership to delay air strikes” until opposition forces are separated from jihadists of the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front, he said.

“We believe there has been more than enough time” for that, he said. “Everyone who has not left the terrorists now only have themselves to blame.”

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