Russian airstrikes in Aleppo continue to bleed civilians

Airstrikes on rebel-held parts of the northern city killed at least 14 people yesterday; six die in school shelling

Beirut: Even as the Russian airstrikes in Aleppo killed 14 civilians, the shelling of a government-held neighborhood in southern Syria hit a school, killing at least six, including children, opposition activists and state media said.

Syria’s official news agency SANA also reported rare shelling of neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, including several mortar shells fired by opposition groups based on the edge of the city that landed in the residential Qasaa district and close to the Umayyad Mosque, wounding an unspecified number of people.

Fighting on a number of fronts has intensified in recent weeks following the collapse of a US and Russia brokered cease-fire.

The northern city of Aleppo has seen particularly fierce fighting, as pro-government forces try to capture neighborhoods in besieged opposition-held parts of the city.

Pope calls for ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Syria
The vatican: Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date, on Wednesday said in his St. Peter’s Square address, “It is with a sense of urgency that I renew my appeal, imploring those responsible with all my strength for an immediate ceasefire, at least for the time necessary to allow for the evacuation of civilians, especially children, who are still trapped.”

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