Worldwide

Syrian military vows to repel Aleppo insurgent attack

A rebel offensive that began Friday in the Syrian city of Aleppo has resulted in almost 50 civilian deaths, including 17 children, the rights group Amnesty International said in a press release.

Syria's army said on Monday the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and rocket fire.

Video footage shows they have used imprecise explosive weapons including mortars and Katyusha rockets, whose use in the vicinity of densely populated civilian areas flagrantly violates global humanitarian law.

Aleppo has been hit by some of the worst violence in Syria's five-year conflict, turning the once bustling economic hub into a divided and bombed-out symbol of the war.

A rebel assault to break the siege of Aleppo has slowed amid fierce resistance from regime forces.

Syrian Army troops backed by allied forces are fighting to recapture Aleppo from the foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Fateh al-Sham, a jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front, played a big part in a rebel attack in July that succeeded in breaking the government siege on eastern Aleppo for several weeks before it was re-imposed.

Intense fighting on Sunday rocked the western districts, battered by hundreds of rebel rockets and artillery shelling, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In a new toll on Monday, the Observatory said a total of 61 government troops and their allies were killed in the assault, as well as 72 Syrian rebels.

The human rights NGO Amnesty International has raised the alarm of civilians being killed in Syria's western Aleppo by armed opposition groups.

Hamdaniyeh is a regime-held district directly adjacent to opposition-controlled eastern neighbourhoods.

The U.K. -based monitor also said regime and Russian air strikes were hitting the battlefronts on the city's western edges, but with less intensity than in previous days.

And in a new toll Monday, the monitor said almost four days of heavy rebel rocket fire have killed 51 civilians, including 18 children.

United Nations peace envoy Staffan de Mistura said Sunday he was "appalled and shocked by the high number of rockets" fired by rebels.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, now controlling parts of it.



Like this

Latest


01 November 2016
Howard, Hawks beat Kings for 3-0 start
The Hawks answered with a run of their own, that included a steal and clear-path foul by Kent Bazemore, to re-take the lead. Cousins finished his night with 29 points and seven rebounds as the Kings pulled off the victory, 106-103.

31 October 2016
GfK Poll: Clinton advantage fueled by growing enthusiasm
Obama also accused Trump of manipulating voter's turnout on November 8 by his statement that the general election might be rigged. Clinton leads female likely voters by a 22 point margin in the poll, and even has a slight 5 point lead among men.

31 October 2016
Anthony Davis is not enough
Durant's career-high for rebounds in a game is 18, a mark he could surpass with his new team before long. Klay Thompson contributed 28 points, while two-time defending MVP Stephen Curry added 23 of his own.

30 October 2016
Pakistan Information Minister Removed: PM's Office
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and ISI chief and other officials.

30 October 2016
Mariano Rajoy reappointed as Spain's PM after 10-month deadlock
Rajoy secured enough votes after the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) had chose to abstain. Party leaders this week appeared far from conciliatory as the confidence vote neared.

28 October 2016
UN prepares for chemical attacks in Iraq's Mosul
They are joined by federal police, Kurdish forces, Sunni tribal fighters and state-sanctioned Shiite militias. About 5,000 to 6,000 jihadists are dug in, according to Iraqi military estimates.

28 October 2016
Embiid scores 20 in long-awaited Sixers debut
When asked whether he'd seen any scores from Tuesday, of which there were only three, Westbrook gave the same concise answer. He scored his first basket to a roar on a 16-foot shake-and-bake turnaround jumper with 8:17 left in the first quarter.

28 October 2016
Justin Timberlake Talks Illegal Voting Selfie with Jimmy Fallon
In Pennsylvania, the law prohibits someone from revealing their ballot "letting it be known how" they're "about to vote". Kudos to Justin Timberlake for rocking the vote early.

25 October 2016
Mistry's Tata journey: Suprise entry, abrupt exit
Tata Steel UK is now progressing with the divestment of the specialty steel business and the pipe mills in Hartlepool. With just four years as the chairman of the group, it is also one of the shortest tenures.

25 October 2016
Judge Rejects "Riot" Charges Against Amy Goodman In North Dakota
On Monday, District Judge John Grinsteiner found that was no probable cause in the charge against the Democracy Now! journalist. The lawsuit named the federal government because a Secret Service agent confiscated the journalists' press credentials.



Recommended