Renewed bombing kills over 150 in rebel-held Aleppo this week
People inspect the damage at a market hit by airstrikes in Aleppo's rebel held al-Fardous district | Reuters – 13th October 2016 (New Indian Express )
(Note: This news item on military action and the pain, death and destruction inflicted day in and day out by the senseless, brutal and barbaric action of the so-called civilized super powers like Russia and USA on helpless innocents mostly in Syria and surrounding countries on the plea that they are eliminating the ISIS. It is literally burning down a great mansion to kill a rat. Even a teen ager must know by now that decapitation is not the instant cure for headache. The fact is that military action, to use the accumulated stockpiles of bombs, is resorted to in the name of destroying the ISIS to promote the self interest of producing and profiting warweapons of mass destruction on defenseless poor. And remember this is happening daily, without the approval of a UN which is supposed to act as the umpire in the game of war and peace.
In the context of powerful nations which has made production of mass destruction as the most profitable business and therefore turning a deaf year to the prophets of peace crying out: “Thou shalt not kill thy neighbor” like Pope Francis, all what helpless peace loving people like us can do is to pray for the victims of peace, and offer whatever widow’s mite we can afford to help, hoping against hope to build a strong public opinion against war to end all wars. james kottoor – editor)
BEIRUT: Renewed bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo has killed more than 150 people this week, rescue workers said on Thursday, as the Syrian government steps up its Russian-backed offensive to take the whole city.
Air strikes against rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo had tapered off over the weekend after the Syrian army announced it would reduce raids for what it described as humanitarian reasons. But the strikes have intensified since Tuesday.
Air strikes killed 13 people on Thursday, when warplanes hit several rebel-held districts, including al-Kalaseh, Bustan al-Qasr and al-Sakhour, civil defence official Ibrahim Abu al-Laith told Reuters from Aleppo.
"The bombing started at 2 a.m. and it's going on till now," he said. Aleppo has been divided between government- and rebel-controlled areas for years. More than 250,000 people are believed to be trapped in eastern Aleppo, the rebels' most important urban stronghold, facing shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
The Civil Defence is a rescue service operating in rebel-held parts of Syria.Syrian military officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the latest situation in Aleppo. The Syrian and Russian governments say they only target militants.
In a government-held area of western Aleppo, at least four children were killed and 10 wounded on Thursday when shells landed near a school, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Syrian state news agency SANA said the school in the al-Suleimaniya area had been targeted in what it described as a terrorist attack.
The Observatory, a Britain-based war monitoring group, also said shelling on government-held parts of Aleppo had killed eight people on Wednesday.