Syria air strikes ‘kill dozens in eastern Aleppo’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Smoke billows above a medical centre in Daret Azzeh, eastern Aleppo, which came under attack Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of air strikes in Syria’s…

Syria air strikes 'kill dozens in eastern Aleppo'

Image copyright EPA Image caption Smoke billows above a medical centre in Daret Azzeh, eastern Aleppo, which came under attack

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of air strikes in Syria’s eastern Aleppo, officials say.

At least 27 people were killed in the attack on an important commercial centre. Most of those killed are thought to be civilians.

Civilians were also reported to have been killed in air strikes in the city’s Tayaran neighbourhood on Friday.

Syria’s government considers eastern Aleppo part of its territory and it has long had air power to keep tabs on rebel forces.

The latest attacks came hours after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported air strikes by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces on three other eastern Aleppo districts.

“The strike on the Soumah and Sheikh Muntasir commercial districts resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries to civilians,” said the head of the City Council in eastern Aleppo, Abdurrahman Shirazi.

The organisations confirms that the latest assault on Tayaran killed scores of civilians.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack on the commercial centre.

Air strikes have frequently targeted the city’s commercial centre in recent years, with traders blamed for supporting the rebels.

Any buildings hit during air strikes in Aleppo city are condemned, says local governor, Haidar Daqneesh.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A general view of the area that came under attack

Separately, in the Golan Heights, Israeli forces fired into Syria on Friday evening following what the military said was a Syrian military weapons depot that was being used against Israel.

A truce has been in place between Israel and the Syrian government since 2012, and an informal ceasefire line has been in place in the Golan Heights since 1974.

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