Assad launches massive airstrikes on Aleppo: More than 70 killed

The ceasefire in Syria expired only two days ago but already seems like a distant memory. According to various reports, Assad has been conducting massive airstrikes in areas controlled by the rebels since yesterday and at least 70 people have been killed since this morning.
"A monstrous atrocity." Aleppo, archives Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

Various news agencies reported that since this morning (Friday), at least 70 people have been killed in aerial strikes committed by the Syrian Army in Aleppo. Syrian citizens described the attacks as “unprecedentedly cruel.”

Assad began his aggressive offensive on Aleppo yesterday with the aim of regaining control over the large Syrian city. The Syrian Army, backed by its allies Russia and Iran, is determined to seize control of the Aleppo Governorate, the largest area controlled by the Syrian opposition. Sources from Syria are claimed that the collapse of the ceasefire that was led by the United States could prove to be a turning point in the civil war in the country and warned that the number of victims is only going to rise.

According to the reports from Aleppo, more than 70 people were killed in the Syrian Army’s aerial strikes today and around 40 buildings were completely destroyed. In a photo captured by a Syrian citizen, a little girl is seen shouting to rescue forces to come save her from the ruins. Others were documented digging in the ruins with their bare hands in an attempt to find their children who were buried under their own homes.

Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

The Syrian Army’s declaration that it plans on regaining control over Aleppo is raising global concerns for the safety of the more than 250,000 citizens living in the governorate. “The only way to take Eastern Aleppo is by such a monstrous atrocity that it would resonate for generations,” one Western diplomat warned. “It would be the stuff of history.”

The current round of violence in Syria broke out after the ceasefire in the divided country expired at the beginning of the week. Immediately afterwards, heavy exchanges of fire began taking place between the sides and cost the lives of dozens of citizens. According to the reports, the Syrian Army and Russia also bombed a humanitarian aid convoy belonging to the United Nations after the collapse of the ceasefire.

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