Syria: Warplanes set rebel-held Aleppo ablaze

    Syria: Warplanes set rebel-held Aleppo ablaze

    Sept.22, Aleppo: Rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo saw the heaviest air strikes in months overnight, activists say, as a week-old truce collapsed.

    An AFP news agency journalist reported that his entire street in the Bustan al-Qasr district was left burning after warplanes dropped incendiary bombs.

    At least seven people, including three children, are believed to have died.

    Fighting also erupted in the southern district, where rebels are attempting to break a siege by government forces.

    Aleppo, once Syria's commercial and industrial hub, has been divided roughly in two since 2012, with the government controlling the west and rebels the east.

    Two million people are caught up in the battle for the city, and getting aid to them had been a key part of the cessation of hostilities deal brokered by the United States and Russia. However, no deliveries have taken place so far.

    A deadly attack on an aid convoy and Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse outside Aleppo on Monday, for which Washington and Moscow have blamed each other, prompted the UN to temporarily suspend deliveries across the country.

    But a spokesman said it was sending a convoy on Thursday into Moadamiya, a suburb of the capital, Damascus, where some 40,000 people are living under siege.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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