Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .




WAR REPORT
Syria air strikes kill 15 in hard-hit Aleppo
by Staff Writers
Damascus (AFP) Dec 24, 2013


No respite for Syria's Aleppo on Christmas Eve
Beirut (AFP) Dec 24, 2013 - Christmas Eve brought no peace to Syria's devastated northern city of Aleppo Tuesday, where 15 people, including three children, were killed in regime air strikes, a monitoring group said.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime has pressed a blistering air attack on rebel-held areas of Aleppo over the past nine days, dropping crude barrel bombs packed with TNT on residential areas and killing hundreds of people, according to activists.

One activist in Aleppo described the past nine days as "the most violent in the whole of the Syrian revolution," a civil war that has claimed more than 126,000 lives since March 2011 and displaced millions of people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the killing of 364 people, among them 105 children, 33 women and 30 fighters, in the massive air campaign in and around Aleppo, the country's second city and onetime commercial hub.

On Tuesday Syrian aircraft targeted Sukkari, a rebel district in southeastern Aleppo city, as well as Urum al-Kubra in Atareb, northwest of the provincial capital, according to the Observatory, a Britain-based group that relies on a network of witnesses inside Syria.

Activists also reported an airstrike against Azaz, on Syria's border with Turkey.

Video footage distributed by Shahba Press, a network of activists in the region, showed men covered in dust carrying a woman through a destroyed street in the Sukkari neighbourhood.

Other men carried out a baby and an older child, all survivors of the bombing.

The Observatory called on "the international community, the UN secretary general and anyone with a conscience to take immediate action to stop these indiscriminate killings of Syrian civilians."

The group added: "If they do not react, the Observatory will consider them to be complicit... in the massacres that are being committed in Syria each day."

Aleppo has been divided into regime and rebel-held enclaves since the opposition launched a massive offensive in July last year.

Rebel areas have since suffered frequent bombardment, but an activist in Aleppo told AFP via the Internet that the latest attacks are unprecedented.

"The past 10 days in Aleppo have been the most violent in the whole of the Syrian revolution," said Mohammad Wissam, a 19-year-old activist.

"When the planes come, people freeze, they stand, look up at the sky, and wait for the bombing, feeling helpless.

"Then when the bombing starts, so does the panic. People run aimlessly in all directions, looking for anywhere to hide, but there is nowhere to hide. So many people are getting trapped under the rubble of collapsing buildings," Wissam told AFP.

"When the helicopters start launching the TNT-packed barrels, it's like madness grips everyone... The bombing is random."

The opposition National Coalition on Monday warned it would boycott peace talks slated for January if the bombing of Aleppo does not cease.

Rights groups have widely condemned the use of TNT-packed barrels dropped from helicopters as unlawful because they fail to discriminate between civilians and combatants.

But a security source in Damascus on Tuesday defended the military's operations to "save Aleppo."

"We do not target any area unless we are 100 percent sure that the ones there are terrorists," the source said, using the regime's term for the rebels.

"The bodies you see on television are the bodies of terrorists and mercenaries, most of whom travelled into Syria from abroad."

Syrian air strikes killed 15 people, including three children, in Aleppo Tuesday, as the regime pressed a blistering 10-day bombing campaign that has killed hundreds, threatening planned peace talks.

One activist in Aleppo described the past 10 days as "the most violent in the whole of the Syrian revolution," a war that has claimed more than 126,000 lives since March 2011 and displaced millions of people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the killing of 379 people, among them 108 children, 34 women and 30 fighters, in the massive air campaign in and around Aleppo, the country's second city and onetime commercial hub.

Video footage distributed by Shahba Press, a network of activists in the region, showed men covered in dust carrying a woman through a destroyed street in the rebel-held Sukkari neighbourhood.

Other men carried out a baby and an older child, all survivors of the bombing.

The Observatory, a Britain-based group relying on a network of activists and other witnesses inside Syria, called on "the international community, the UN secretary general and anyone with a conscience to take immediate action to stop these indiscriminate killings of Syrian civilians."

Aleppo has been divided into regime and rebel-held enclaves since the opposition launched a massive offensive in July last year.

Rebel areas have since suffered frequent bombardment, but an activist in Aleppo told AFP via the Internet that the latest attacks are unprecedented.

"The past 10 days in Aleppo have been the most violent in the whole of the Syrian revolution," said Mohammad Wissam, a 19-year-old activist.

"When the planes come, people freeze, they stand, look up at the sky, and wait for the bombing, feeling helpless.

"Then when the bombing starts, so does the panic. People run aimlessly in all directions, looking for anywhere to hide, but there is nowhere to hide. So many people are getting trapped under the rubble of collapsing buildings," Wissam told AFP.

"When the helicopters start launching the TNT-packed barrels, it's like madness grips everyone... The bombing is random."

The opposition National Coalition has said it will boycott peace talks slated for January if the bombing of Aleppo does not cease.

"In order for the political process to succeed, immediate confidence building measures must be enacted -- to include the establishment of humanitarian corridors to cities under siege by Assad's militias -- and an immediate halt to the regime's barrel bomb campaign," Munzer Aqbiq, an adviser to the Coalition's presidency, said Tuesday.

Rights groups have widely condemned the use of TNT-packed barrels dropped from helicopters as unlawful because they fail to discriminate between civilians and combatants.

But a security source in Damascus on Tuesday defended the military's operations to "save Aleppo."

"We do not target any area unless we are 100 percent sure that the ones there are terrorists," the source said, using the regime's term for the rebels.

"The bodies you see on television are the bodies of terrorists and mercenaries, most of whom travelled into Syria from abroad."

Washington 'looks only with one eye'

Syria's state news agency SANA also defended the military's actions, accusing the United States of "ignoring the crimes committed by the terrorists" after Washington condemned the bloody air campaign in Aleppo.

"Washington is a pirate that only looks with one eye," said the agency.

SANA also reported that four people were killed in a "terrorist" mortar attack on the eastern edge of Damascus.

A foreign ministry source meanwhile accused rebels of recently attacking two sites where chemical arms are stored, one in Damascus province, the other at an unspecified location in central Syria.

Blaming foreign backers of the opposition for the attacks, the source called on the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to "make every possible effort for these irresponsible countries to stop their practices."

The OPCW has been working in Syria since October to eliminate its massive chemical stockpile as part of an unprecedented UN-backed mission to disarm a country torn apart by civil war.

The UN resolution followed a US-Russian deal that averted US strikes on the regime after Washington accused it of launching a gas attack on August 21 that killed hundreds.

.


Related Links






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WAR REPORT
Jerusalem patriarch urges 'just' Israel-Palestinian solution
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Dec 24, 2013
The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem called on Tuesday for a "just and equitable solution" to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for reconciliation in the Middle East. Monsignor Fuad Twal issued his plea in a homily he is to deliver at Christmas Eve midnight mass in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. The service will be attended by Palestin ... read more


WAR REPORT
Satellite of Russia's early warning constellation burns down in atmosphere

Raytheon begins building 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

SBIRS Geo-2 Missile Defense Early Warning Satellite Certified For Operation

Patriot missiles demonstrate field readiness

WAR REPORT
Missiles fired from Lebanon trigger Israel shelling: army

Raytheon awarded $80.5 million from US Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Diehl-Raytheon Missile Systeme GmbH captures $30 million international Sidewinder missile sale

US to cut funding on Turkish Chinese-missile purchase

WAR REPORT
US drone strike kills three in northwest Pakistan

Pakistan to raise drone issue at UN Human Rights Council

US Air Force has secretly built a new stealth drone

Northrop starts production of Global Hawk UAS for NATO

WAR REPORT
Military Communication Improved as 6th Boeing-built Wideband Satellite Enters Service

Radio Gateway Connects US and Allied Troops to a Common Mobile Network

Northrop Grumman Reinvents Satellite Communications for Aircraft

US Navy Accepts MUOS-2 Satellite, Ground Stations After On-Orbit Testing

WAR REPORT
Raytheon awarded $12.9 million Cooperative Engagement Capability contract

US Army Awards Raytheon contract for Excalibur Ib

Russia's Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47, dies

Researchers Develop World's Highest Quantum Efficiency UV Photodetectors

WAR REPORT
Russia buries Kalashnikov in new 'pantheon' for heroes

Canada cancels Can$2.1 bln armored vehicle purchase

US general went on drunken bender in Russia: officials

Congress passes US defense bill, Obama to sign

WAR REPORT
China eases one-child policy, abolishes labour camps

Japan's PM set for breakthrough on controversial US base

Mao fans bow before gold image of Communist China's founder

China must retaliate for Japan PM shrine visit: media

WAR REPORT
DNA motor 'walks' along nanotube, transports tiny particle

Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green' wonder material

Microprinting leads to low-cost artificial cells

New magnetic behavior in nanoparticles could lead to even smaller digital memories




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement