Dozens killed in air strikes in Syria’s Aleppo

Jun 06, 2016, 2:01 AM EDT
Destruction in Syria
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The Russian and Syrian government forces launched one of the fiercest attacks in and around the rebel-held city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 53 people including children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More than 40 air strikes were carried out in the heavily populated al-Qatriji neighborhood. In retaliation, rebels forces stepped up mortar attacks in the government-held parts of Aleppo.

Warplanes intensified the week-long campaign of shelling in Aleppo, said Bebars Mishal, a civil defense official, writes Reuters. As the situation deteriorated in Syria, the government issued a statement criticizing Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for financing Islamist rebels and derailing efforts to reach a political settlement to the crisis.

In another development, Syrian forces backed by Russian air strikes, advanced to the boundary of Raqqa province for the first time since the area was seized by Islamic State fighters in 2014, notes Al Jazeera. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s campaign against rebels has gained huge momentum with the military intervention from Russia.

Islamic State is gradually losing its control over the territories it has been occupying in Syria and Iraq. While Iraqi forces have launched a massive operation against IS in Falluja, U.S.-backed troops and other rebel groups are fighting the militant group in Syria.