Dozens dead as bombs
rain down on Aleppo

Over 40 civilians were killed amid an intense barrage of aerial strikes unleashed shortly after Syria’s military said the US-Russia brokered cessation-of-hostilities had come to an end.

Damage caused by Monday night

BEIRUT – Dozens of civilians have been killed in Aleppo amid an intense barrage of aerial strikes unleashed shortly after Syria’s military said the US-Russia brokered cessation-of-hostilities had come to an end.


Warplanes on Monday night struck targets in and around Syria’s beleaguered second city, which is split between regime and rebel forces, with activists blaming both Russia and the Bashar al-Assad government for the deadly raids.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 38 people were killed in the strikes, but cautioned that the death toll was expected to mount as dozens were wounded and a number of people were still buried under rubble.


The monitoring NGO tracking developments in the war-torn country did not specify whether Russian or Syrian jets conducted the strikes, saying only that “warplanes” had hit at least six different targets around Aleppo, including a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy parked at one of the organizations warehouses.


On Tuesday morning, opposition outlets reported higher death tolls, with the local Aleppo Today TV saying that at least 46 civilians were killed in the wave of bombings, which came a week after Washington and Moscow attempted to put in place a cessation-of-hostilities that also called for aid deliveries to besieged areas of the country as well as a military disengagement from the Castello Road leading into Aleppo.


Urm al-Kubra


A video of damaged caused by the airstrike on an SARC aid convoy. (YouTube/Aleppo Civil Defense Force)


At least a dozen people were killed in the airstrike on the SARC convoy in the village of Urm al-Kubraa west of Aleppo, most of them employees and volunteers of the charitable organization, according to the SOHR.


The bombing of the convoy drew immediate international condemnation, with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura saying, “Our outrage at this attack is enormous.”


The UN’s Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator also blasted the attack, saying that if the convoy was deliberately targeted, “it would amount to a war crime.”


A video released by Aleppo’s Civil Defense Force—known commonly as the White Helmets—showing an emergency responder at the site of the SARC warehouse, which he said was hit by Syrian regime helicopters.


A health clinic in the SARC center was also hit by the strikes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.





Hawr on Tuesday after last night's airstrikes. (Facebook/Aleppo Today TV)


Meanwhile, Monday night airstrikes also targeted the west Aleppo village of Hawr with the SOHR saying at least 15 people were killed.


The activist Syrian Press Center reported that the airstrikes on the area caused “widespread damage to civilian homes,” while also injuring and killing dozens, including women and children.


On Tuesday morning, Aleppo Today TV said that the death toll had risen to 16 civilians, “most of them women and children.”


The outlet blamed Russian jets for the bombing, saying they hit the market in the town.


Aleppo city



Fires rage in Aleppo's Al-Marjeh. (Facebook/Aleppo Civil Defense Force)


Areas inside Aleppo city weren’t spared bombardment either, with airstrikes also hitting the Al-Sukkari and Al-Marjeh quarters in the rebel-held eastern half of the city.


The Aleppo White Helmets reported that 9 people were killed by bombs that hit the two areas, while another civilian was killed in the Al-Fardous quarter of Aleppo.


According to the first responders, barrel bombs containing “napalm”—which could also refer to other incendiary explosives—were dropped on Al-Marjeh, causing fires that took hours to put out.


The SOHR reported a lower death toll of one person in Al-Marjeh, but a similar casualty count in Al-Sukkari, where it said a child, woman as well as three men were killed in air strikes. 


NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report.

Damage caused by Monday night's airstrike on an aid convoy outside Aleppo. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 38 people were killed in the strikes, but cautioned that the death toll was expected to mount.

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    These headlines remind me of the Syrian "peacekeeping" and "stabilizing" of Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s. If the same Assad regime is today capable of slashing and burning its own country and exterminating its own people, can the world imagine what it was like for Lebanon in the grip of the same, yet foreign, regime? Siege of cities and towns, massacres in isolated towns and villages, bombs raining down on civilian populations for months at a time, kidnappings, assassinations, torture in Syria's abject jails..... Yet, the Druze Jumblatt, the Sunni prime ministers from Karame to Hoss, the Shiites, the Palestinian terrorists...and their sponsors of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, France, the UK, and the United States insisted that the death of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilians at the hands of the Assad occupation was necessary because, in the hypocrite Orwellian double-speak language of US State Department, it was a "factor of stability", which was to blame the victim who brought the rape upon himself, and not the rapist. I will repeat endlessly: I feel vindicated by the Assad regime's barbarity vis-a-vis its own people; I feel vindicated by the failure of US and all the other condescending ahole countries to tame the "factor of stability" that rules over Damascus; I feel vindicated by the utter destruction - and wish it to be irreversible - of the fake country of Syria, a patchwork of dozens of ethnicities, religions, and other Bronze Age barbaric tribes. Let the Assad regime "stabilize" Syria for another 20 years for all I care. Every country "concerned" today by the bloodbath is responsible for it because they all nurtured the Assad regime for decades when it squeezed every drop of blood from Lebanon's children. The Syrian people deserve their predicament because they did not rebel 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. This should be a lesson to all peoples living today under tyranny.

    September 21, 2016