Deaths in Aleppo as Rebels Attack Armenian Neighborhood

People in Aleppo sift through rubble after rebel bombings leave an Armenian neighborhood in ruins with nine dead.

ALEPPO, Syria—Syrian rebels shelled a government-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo early on Saturday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens, the Associated Press reports quoting Syrian state television and an activist group.

Hours after the shelling, helicopter gunships struck a market in Aleppo’s rebel-held neighborhood of Maadi in apparent retaliation, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition-run Aleppo Media Center.

The Observatory said the airstrike killed eight people and wounded dozens, some seriously. The Aleppo Media Center reported casualties but did not provide a precise toll.

The violence came as the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees planned to undertake an “urgent mission” to Damascus later on Saturday amid concerns over the situation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, most of which has been captured by the Islamic State.

State media said the shelling on the predominantly Christian and Armenian neighborhood of Sulaymaniyah in Aleppo early on Saturday killed nine people, wounded another 50 and damaged several buildings.

The Observatory, which has a network of activists around the country, said the shelling killed 10 people and wounded “tens.”

Syrian rebels have shelled residential areas in government-held parts of the contested city in the past, killing hundreds of people. Government aircraft have dropped explosives-filled barrels on rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo and other cities, killing thousands.

State media reported the rebels shelled the neighborhood with a so-called Hell Cannon, a crude, locally made weapon that fires gas cylinders filled with explosives. The projectiles cause widespread damage and cannot be precisely targeted. State television showed a building with its top three floors collapsed.


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  1. zarkim said:

    Americans funded, armed and encouraged Turkey to allow these terrorists to get stronger, enter Syria/Iraq and kill/kidnap innocent civilians; steal money/gas/oil from Syria and Iraq. Most of these terrorists’ weapons were supplies by US Administration and allies.
    Syria/Iraq has been SHELTER to millions of ETHNIC minorities for centuries. Why does anyone want to destroy it? Learn from Syria about MULTICULTURALISM. Syria/Iraq should be congratulated. Even “ISRAELIS” used Syria/Iraq as a safe-heaven. Look at the way THESE “Wolves in sheepskin” show their appreciation. Look what these “ANIMALS” have done to SYRIA/Aleppo?
    ISIS operates under Turkish military leaders command of Erdogan’s gov.–p38LeYpvU
    These terrorists have been funded and trained by Americans and have committed atrocities in Syria, Iraq, Libya, etc..
    Al-Qaida exists because of Israelis and Americans/allies. ISIS exists because of Americans and allies. Taliban exists because of Americans… etc..
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