Syrian planes pound Aleppo for fourth day

An injured Syrian youth cries as he is carried on a gurney following an airstrike in the Maadi neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are seen on Dec. 17, 2013. (AFP)

Activists say Syrian warplanes are pounding opposition-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo for the fourth straight day in a push to drive opposition fighters out of the area.

Aleppo-based activist Abu al-Hassan Marea and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say military aircraft targeted roads with heavy machinegun fire early on Wednesday. Aleppo’s eastern sector was also hit.

According to the Associated Press, the offensive has killed more than 100 people so far.

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, Medecins Sans Frontieres' co-ordinator in Syria, said that in the past three days, helicopters had been targeting different areas, among them a school.

“The ambulances are overwhelmed because they are called to several areas at the same time. Doctors face extremely difficult decisions because they receive such a significant flow of patients,” he told the BBC.

Activists have suggested to the Associated Press that President Bashar Assad’s government is trying to crush the opposition in the contested city ahead of an international peace conference, Geneva II, in late January in Switzerland.

On Sunday, 76 people, including 28 children, died when barrel bombs were dropped on three eastern areas, the Observatory said.

(With the Associated Press)
 

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