Aleppo reels from new wave of air strikes

Two million without water in Aleppo: UN

Agence France-Presse . Aleppo

Residents in Syria’s battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 32 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed.
Nearly two million civilians were without water in the devastated northern city after regime bombardment damaged a pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation, the United Nations said.
Rebel-held districts in east Aleppo came under intense air and artillery fire for a fifth night as the army prepared a ground offensive to recapture the whole of the divided city.
Saturday’s death toll of 32 was expected to rise because people remained trapped under rubble, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.
‘We were home when a missile crashed into our road,’ said one resident of the Bab al-Nayrab district who gave his name as Nizar.
‘Half of the building just caved in and our baby was hit in the head. He died on the spot,’ Nizar said, as the body of his son lay on the ground wrapped in a blanket.
Seven people were killed in a strike as they queued to buy yoghurt at a market in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, which sits along the front line dividing the government-held west from the rebel-held east of the city.
The attack left a pool of blood and body parts strewn at the site, an AFP correspondent reported.
Medics said they were carrying out many amputations to try to save the wounded and supplies of blood and IV drips were running out.
On Friday, at least 47 people were killed in heavy bombing, among them seven children, the Observatory said.
There was massive destruction in several neighbourhoods, including Al-Kalasseh and Bustan al-Qasr, where some streets were almost erased by the bombardment.
Unexploded rockets were still buried in the roads in some areas, and elsewhere enormous craters were left by the bombing.
Residents and activists described the use of a missile that produced earthquake-like tremors upon impact and razed buildings right down to basement level where many residents desperately seek protection during attacks.

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