11 killed in Aleppo as Russia launches multiple airstrikes in SyriaBy Rudaw [ltr]5 hours ago [/ltr]
A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 bomber lands at the Hmeimim air base in Syria. AFP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Russian warplanes from air bases in Syria, Russia and an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean pounded targets in Syria on Thursday, the Russian defense ministry said, as a rights group said at least 11 people were killed in airstrikes and shelling in Aleppo’s rebel-held east.
“A group of Russian strategic bombers launched cruise missiles from an area over the Mediterranean sea after flying some 11,000 kilometers from Russian airbases,” Russia’s official Sputnik news agency reported, quoting a Russian defense ministry statement. “Su-33 fighter jets based on Admiral Kuznetsov air carrier and aircraft from the Russian air group at the Hmeimim airbase also took part in the strikes,” it added. "The targets included terrorist command posts, weapons and ammo depots, various military equipment and weapons production facilities."
Russia began resumed airstrikes over Syria on Tuesday, ending a nearly month-long pause.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 11 people were killed by airstrikes and regime shelling of eastern Aleppo, warning that there were many injured and the death toll was likely to rise.
The United Nations has warned that 250,000 civilians remain trapped in rebel-held areas of Aleppo, which have been unreachable since July, when regime forces, Russian airstrikes and Iranian-backed militias cut off the last connecting road.
The city has turned to virtual rubble since becoming the focus of a war that is now in its seventh year and in which more than 400,000 people have been killed.