Middle East

Four children killed in school as dozens feared dead in latest Aleppo blitz

Jameel Mustafa Habboush, a 13-year-old Syrian boy receives oxygen as he is pulled from the rubble of a building following Russian air strikes on the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 11, 2016

Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded Aleppo again on Thursday after two days of heavy bombardment which have killed dozens of civilians. More than 20 air strikes hit the rebel-controlled east at dawn, killing seven people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. On the north-eastern outskirts of the city, advancing regime troops captured several hilltops overlooking opposition-held areas. However, four children were reportedly killed by rebel rocket fire on a school in a regime-held neighbourhood. The Syrian state news agency described it as a terrorist attack.

There is a holocaust going on in Aleppo right now. Aleppo is burning and the international community is just watching and doing nothing

Mayor of Aleppo Brita Haj Hassan

The latest bombardments follow intensive air raids have left as many as 145 dead, including seven children, on the previous two days. Opposition shelling on government-held districts of the city, meanwhile, killed at least eight civilians. It is some of the worst fighting seen in months in the city, where hundreds of thousands of desperate civilians remain trapped without food, water or other supplies. Diplomatic efforts to halt the fighting will resume this weekend, when US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov hold talks with rebel-supporting Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Lausanne. On Sunday, Mr Kerry will be in London for further negotiations with European allies.

We can't do anything without a coalition, without doing it with the Americans. I think we're still a pretty long day's march from getting there. But that doesn't mean that discussions aren't going on, because they certainly are

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the prospects for peace
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Death toll

Since the army announced its assault on the city on September 22, more than 370 people, including 68 children, have been killed. Shelling and rocket fire by rebel and jihadist groups, meanwhile, has killed 68 people in government-held areas.


Aleppo is a city in Syria close to the Turkish border, serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate. For centuries, Aleppo was the Syrian region's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third-largest, after Constantinople and Cairo.

Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria in which international interventions have taken place. The war grew out of the unrest of the 2011 Arab Spring and escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad's government violently repressed protests calling for his removal.

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