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Shelling, Airstrikes Kill 8 Civilians in Syrian City of Aleppo

Shelling, Airstrikes Kill 8 Civilians in Syrian City of Aleppo
 (Reuters)

Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:41 AM

BEIRUT — At least eight civilians were killed in Syria's Aleppo Thursday when airstrikes and mortar shells struck different neighborhoods in opposite sides of the divided city, anti-government activists and Syrian state media reported.

In past months, Aleppo has witnessed some of the fiercest fighting and bombardment, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of people on both sides of the contested city. Partial cease-fires have failed to hold in the city that has been divided between rebel and government areas since 2012.

Backed by Russian airstrikes, government forces have nearly encircled rebel-held parts of the city in recent months. A corridor out of the city accessible to the rebel-held areas has also come under intense bombing.

A cease-fire announced by the Russians last week didn't survive its 48 hours.

On Thursday, Syria's state news agency SANA said four people were killed and four others wounded when rocket shells hit the government-controlled al-Khalidia district in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the anti-government Aleppo Media center said four civilians were killed when airstrikes hit the rebel-held al-Katerji neighborhood. Bebars Mishal, a member of the Syrian Civil Defense, a team of volunteer first responders operating in rebel-held areas, said the airstrike hit a residence, putting the number of those killed at five members of the same family. He said the search continued for others under the rubble.

Fighting also raged in the complex battleground that forms the rest of the northern province of Aleppo. To the northeast of the capital, fighting continued as the U.S.-backed predominantly Kurdish Syria Democratic Forces consolidated their presence in and around the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij.

The U.S. Central Command said the Syrian Arab Coalition, which is part of the SDF, have consolidated their position around the city "in anticipation of the next phase of operations to secure the city."

The statement said that for the last seven days they have been refining their plans for gaining a foothold in Manbij. It added that since the operation against IS in Manbij began in late May, the U.S.-led coalition has conducted more than 233 airstrikes in the vicinity.

The IS news agency Aamaq meanwhile said the group's militants repelled an advance by the SDF from north Manbij, adding that a suicide attack against the retreating forces killed many fighters.

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At least eight civilians were killed in Syria's Aleppo Thursday when airstrikes and mortar shells struck different neighborhoods in opposite sides of the divided city, anti-government activists and Syrian state media reported. In past months, Aleppo has witnessed...
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