Fresh strikes of Russian and Syrian armies over besieged Aleppo: Another Russian airstrike over Aleppo ahead of UN Security Council "Syrian" session - AFP

15:47 Sep. 25, 2016

Another Russian airstrike over Aleppo ahead of UN Security Council "Syrian" session - AFP

Aleppo ruins, Sept. 23, 2016 (Photo: AP Images)

Civilians are suffering cluster bombs raining down the besieged city

Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded rebel-held east Aleppo on Sunday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the worst surge in violence to hit the devastated city in years.

Overnight, residents and a monitors reported heavy air raids on the besieged east of the city, which Syria's army has pledged to retake.

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The UN Security Council is due to meet later Sunday in an emergency session to discuss the escalating violence, which UN chief Ban Ki-moon described as "chilling".

At least 101 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syrian and Russian bombardment of eastern Aleppo since the army announced an operation to take it Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The monitor said at least 17 children were among those killed in the assault, which has included missile strikes, barrel bomb attacks and artillery fire.

On Saturday night, residents said cluster bombs rained down on eastern parts of the city, where an estimated 250,000 people are living under a government siege.

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A truce deal hammered out by Russia and the United States this month was meant to see aid trucked into the east of the city.

But the ceasefire fell apart before any assistance was brought in, and the army and its Russian ally have since pounded the eastern neighbourhoods with a force that residents say is virtually unprecedented.

More than 300,000 people have been killed and over half the country displaced since the war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

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