Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous condemned the intensifying Russian aerial campaign on Aleppo, saying that Russia has escalated airstrikes on the city to impede a rebel and FSA offensive aimed at breaking the siege on over 300,000 civilians trapped in the city’s eastern parts.
Jamous pointed out that Russia insists on its hostile positions towards the Syrian people as its forces continue to commit war crimes in Syria, adding that Russia is aiding and abetting the Assad regime in the besiegement and bombardment of Syrian civilians.
Activists said that the Russian air force carried out at least 40 airstrikes on Handarat Camp and Aljandoul roundabout area in northern Aleppo in the early hours of Thursday. Russian jets also hit a camp for the internally displaced people near the town of Alatareb west of Aleppo with cluster bombs, killing two civilians and wounding many more. At least seven civilians were killed in Russian airstrikes on Alatareb on Wednesday. One of the airstrikes targeted a convoy carrying relief aid and fuel at the western side of the town.
A total of 93 civilians, including 16 children and 9 women, were killed in airstrikes by Russian and regime air forces on various rebel-held areas across Syria on Wednesday. The victims included 29 civilians who were killed in Aleppo and its countryside. Over 12 civilians were killed when Assad regime jets hit the Alansari and Almash-had districts with thermobaric bombs, while 10 more were killed in a barrel bomb attack on the district of Alsukkari in eastern Aleppo. Russian jets bombed a medical center in the district, putting it out of service.
Jamous urged the Russian leadership to reconsider its hostile policies against the Syrian people, stressing that Russia must stop the slaughter of the Syrian people and support for the state terrorism practiced by the Assad regime. Jamous warned that Russia’s actions in Syria will create a deep rift between the Syrian and Russian peoples who have long sustained a relationship based on friendship and cooperation. (Source: Syrian Coalition)