Air strikes on rebel-held parts of Syria kill at least 9

Aleppo: Air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday killed at least nine civilians and wounded more than a dozen others, the local civil defence told AFP.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime warplanes carried out the air strikes and gave a toll of 10 dead.

An AFP correspondent in the opposition-held eastern part said four neighbourhoods were targeted.

In Bustan al-Qasr, one of the most heavily-populated neighbourhoods, seven civilians were killed and 10 wounded, a civil defence member said.

 Air strikes on rebel-held parts of Syria kill at least 9

A fighter plane in Syria. Representational image. AP

Two other people were killed and eight wounded in Al-Mashad district, the source said.

The Britain-based Observatory said the air strikes targeted Bustan al-Qasr and other Aleppo neighbourhoods, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more.

"The number of martyrs is expected to rise because many of those wounded are in critical condition," said the monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its reports.

Once Syria's commercial hub, Aleppo has been divided between rebel control in the east and government forces in the west since 2012.

Nearly all warring parties in Syria — the regime, rebels, jihadists, and Kurds — have carved out zones of control in war-torn Aleppo province.

A ceasefire took effect in Syria at the end of February but the country has been rocked by fighting in recent weeks, particularly around Aleppo.

On Sunday, at least six civilians were killed in government strikes on eastern parts of the city, and another 16 were killed by rocket fire by Islamist rebels.

Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government protests, but has since spiralled into a multi-front war that has left more than 270,000 people dead.



Updated Date: Apr 22, 2016 15:12:08 IST