October 12 – After easing its airstrikes for several days, Russia has renewed bombing of opposition neighborhoods in Syria’s largest city Aleppo.Russian warplanes struck Daret Izza, Firdous, and the Bustan al-Qasr district, near the crossing between opposition and regime areas. Residents, rescue workers, and the Local Coordination Committees said at least 50 people were killed in and near the city.
The Russian attacks came after rebels fought back against the advance of pro-Assad forces in northern Aleppo, reclaiming a water station. However, the Syrian military claimed that it had consolidated its control of a roundabout at a major intersection.
On the southwestern front, a battle continued for rebel-held Sheikh Saeed. The area is near Ramouseh, the town recaptured by pro-Assad forces — after intense Russian airstrikes — to reimpose a siege on opposition parts of Aleppo in late August.Russia and the regime renewed airstrikes on Aleppo on September 19, beginning with the destruction of a UN aid convoy, hours after the Syrian military declared an end to a ceasefire arranged by the US and Moscow. More than 500 people were killed in attacks from September 22 to October 5.Facing international condemnation for its “barbarism” and allegations of complicity in “war crimes”, Russia then reduced its attacks. However, on Saturday Moscow vetoed a UN resolution for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and suspension of military overflights.
Tuesday’s assault followed a trip by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.Turkey has backed the Syrian opposition and rebels, but Moscow and Iran — the other major ally of the Syrian regime — have been trying to distance Ankara from any attempted overthrow of President Assad.
State Media: 6 Killed by Rockets on School in Daraa
State media say six people, including five children, were killed by a rocket attack on a school in Daraa city in southern Syria.
State news agency SANA, citing a police source, said 20 others were injured.Regime officials blamed “terrorists”. Rebels denied firing on the school.