Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Air Strikes Blast Syria's Rebel-Controlled Aleppo; Hammer Children's Hospital, Blood Bank, Kill 32

Air strikes bombed neighborhoods around a children's hospital and a blood bank in Syria's rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo today (November 16, 2016) in a second day of renewed bombing that has killed at least 32 people, according to the Reuters website.

Today's air raids formed part of a wider military escalation by the Syrian government and its allies -- including Russia -- which fired coordinated volleys of missiles at rebels yesterday and for the first time used its only aircraft carrier.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -- a British-based war monitor -- said the air strikes were carried out by Russian or Syrian warplanes.

Air raids also continued in the countryside west of Aleppo from which rebels have launched assaults on government-held areas. An air attack on the village of Balbao killed at least 19 people -- including three children -- the Observatory said.

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