19:51 Nov. 15, 2016
Putin started new hasty and aggressive air assault of rebel-held Aleppo and its population
Hours after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called "international terrorism and extremism," Russia launched its major offensive in Syria, The Guardian reports.
Airstrikes hit the rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo for the first time in weeks, as Russia announced the start of a major operation in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs involving its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, The Guardian reports. The Aleppo strikes killed at least three people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. "Regime aircraft launched strikes and dropped barrel bombs on a number of neighborhoods in the east of Aleppo for the first time since 18 October," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the monitoring group's director.
One of the Russian air strikes hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo killing at least one person in the early hours of Tuesday, a day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region, Reuters reports referring to war monitor.
Jets hit Awaijel's Baghdad hospital with rockets, injuring medical staff and patients, including some who had just moved there from a hospital hit in nearby Kafrnaha on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The attack put the hospital in Awaijel out of service, it added.
Russia released a number of victorious declarations and videos, claiming hitting more HQs and warehouses of Islamic State. But after journalists identified the exact places, hit by Russians, are not on IS-held territory, they changed the target's name to ‘unlawful armed formations.'
Meanwhile, one of Aleppo's residents, women named Fatemah, mother of two kids, showed the life under bombs in short live coverage, named ‘Dear world, bombs falling now.'