Syria monitor: 74 killed in 8 days of Aleppo rebel offensive

Laura Christensen
November 7, 2016

"Everybody can see that these civil-society activities.are directly controlled by [British] officials and government", she said. The insurgents have seized a district on Aleppo's edge and a nearby village.

Smoke rises while damaged buildings are being inspected after an airstrike on the rebel-held town of Darat Izza, province of Aleppo, Syria.

The opposition groups have come under increasing criticism for indiscriminate shelling of western Aleppo resulting in civilian deaths.

The Russian military had reported that 80 civilians were killed in the first three days of that offensive.

Russian and government forces continued to bomb rebel positions in the western part of the Aleppo province, Syrian activists said.

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"Meanwhile I would like to draw the attention to the fact that when journalists report shelling of residential areas - this, the State Department says, is "Al-Nusra", whereas when the Syrian forces have to react in the direction of the regions, which launch fire, the State Department calls it the attacks on the "opposition", spokesman said. "The State Department within this period has not delivered one bread crumb to the Syrians, for whom it supposedly cares so much", Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Sunday. But the arrival of a Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, into the Mediterranean and its heading to the Syrian coast suggested Moscow may intend to escalate its operations.

Rebel forces have described the Russian initiative as an attempt to alleviate worldwide pressure. "We don't trust the Russians or any of their cheap initiatives", said Yasser al-Youssef, from the politburo of the Nureddin al-Zinki rebel brigade in Aleppo.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier blamed the Islamist terrorist group Al Nusra Front and its affiliates in eastern Aleppo for blocking humanitarian aid efforts to reach some 250,000 civilians.

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"This mass attack on civilian houses is a war crime, and is no different from what Assad army is doing by besieging civilians east of Aleppo to starve to death", Halwani said.

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