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Air strikes on rebel-held Aleppo kill 16: Syrian Monitor

At least 172 civilians, including 26 children, have been killed since the assault was launched on November 15

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Air strikes on rebel-held Aleppo kill 16: Syrian Monitor

Syrian regime air strikes and artillery bombardment today on rebel-held areas in eastern killed at least 16 civilians, four of them children, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the assault came on the 10th day of an offensive by government forces to retake the east of Syria's second city from the insurgents.

At least 172 civilians, including 26 children, have been killed since the assault was launched on November 15. Rebel fire has killed 16 civilians in the government-held west, including 10 children.

One of the worst hit areas today was Bab al-Nayrab, rescuers said, adding that the rebel district was targeted with a barrel bomb dropped by a government helicopter.

An AFP cameraman captured video footage of rescuers battling from more than one hour to pull a seriously wounded boy from the rubble of a building in Bab al-Nayrab.

The lower part of the boy's body was stuck in the rubble and a bloodied gash could be seen on the back of his head as if part of the scalp had been ripped apart.

Rescuers from the White Helmet group used a pickaxe to hack away at the concrete in order to lift him out of the rubble, the footage showed.

The boy, who could be heard crying out "Father, Father" as he pleaded for them to hurry up and get him out, was lifted alive from the rubble.

"The operation took us an hour, an hour and a half... And there is still a woman trapped under the rubble," one of the rescuers told AFP.

Since November 15, government forces have pounded eastern with airstrikes, barrel bombs and artillery fire in a bid to retake that part of the city from insurgents.

More than 250,000 civilians have been trapped under siege for months in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.

Overnight Tuesday, dozens of civilians tried to flee but were forced back by gunfire, the Observatory said.

The government's offensive has hit hospitals and rescue centres and forced schools to close.

First Published: Fri, November 25 2016. 03:02 IST
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