Syrian and Russian warplanes have reportedly mounted the heaviest air strikes in months against rebel-held districts of the city of Aleppo overnight, defying U.S. calls for a halt to flights in order to salvage an all but buried ceasefire. Mana Rabiee reports.
Jets pound Aleppo, defying U.S.
If there was any hope for reviving the ceasefire in Aleppo, the latest aerial attacks on Aleppo all but bury it.
These images purport to show phosphorous bombs being dropped on the city. They are designed to explode and spread fire on impact.
A monitoring group says warplanes mounted their heaviest air strikes in MONTHS against rebel-held areas of the besieged city.
One rescue worker said: it’s as if the planes are trying to “compensate” for all the bombs they DIDN’T drop last week.
A local hospital says 45 people were killed in the overnight bombing.
But at least ONE agreement to reduce the violence in Syria is moving ahead.
Several hundred rebels and their families left their last stronghold in the city of Homs in a planned evacuation.
They’re headed by bus to Idlib province, part of a deal with the government for safe passage to areas controlled by insurgents.
Still, the air strikes — by Syria or Russian allies or both — are a clear statement. Damascus and Syria have rejected U.S. pleas for a HALT to flights, so the ceasefire — such as it is — can be salvaged.