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Aleppo residents crushed in own homes

2012-08-28 22:25

Aleppo - The disfigured bodies of women and children brought into Aleppo's largest hospital bear witness to the intensity of the fighting in residential districts of Syria's second city.

"The majority of casualties are caused by buildings crashing down on civilians," said Abu Abdu, who works as a general surgeon in Al-Shifaa.

The hospital mortuary received the corpses of four people on Tuesday, including the crumpled remains of a woman and a young boy, crushed to death when their homes collapsed over their heads.

Another 17 people were wounded in aerial attacks, including a young girl, who was reportedly hit by a shower of shrapnel that fell on her kindergarten. The hospital also treated a rebel who took a sniper bullet to the stomach.

Hospital records show that in the 48 hours to Monday, Al-Shifaa's doctors treated 69 wounded civilians and registered 15 deaths.

One doctor said the full civilian casualty toll in Aleppo was much larger, as the hospital's records did not include the figures from smaller clinics or field hospitals around the city.

"The tolls that appear on TV are not reflective of reality - the casualties in Aleppo are far higher," said Doctor Abu Ismail.

He estimated a daily average of 25 civilians killed and 100 wounded since the city became a major battleground between troops and rebels on July 20.

Hospital volunteer Um Suheib said: "We have every kind of casualty from every kind of weapon. We want our children and civilians to be safe. Let the armies square off and leave us alone."

Snipers

Instead troops and rebels are locked in urban combat in the cobblestone lanes of the Old City, with the front lines in perpetual flux as checkpoints and sniper positions shift daily.

The commander of the rebel Al-Khattab Brigade said that the fighting in the Old City had claimed the lives of four of his men in the past three days, most of them killed by snipers.

He said forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had suffered "heavy losses" but gave no figure.

"Most of the casualties are civilians because they are hitting residential areas," the commander added, declining to give his name.

Doctors said that bakeries in the city had been hit "at least seven times" this month alone, leading to a high civilian toll as residents were forced to venture out to queue for bread.

The latest hit on a bakery on Sunday left 11 people critically wounded, the medics said.

More than 15 loud explosions were heard in the city in the space of just 60 minutes on Tuesday.

The fighting focused on the Maysaloon neighbourhood, on the fringes of the Old City, and in Bab al-Nayrab on the road to a military airport of the same name.

Citadel

In the southwest of the city, where the army launched a major offensive earlier this month to recapture rebel-held neighbourhoods, the battle lines were also fluid.

The carcasses of burnt out buses sealed off streets under rebel control, while stones and tyres marked off roads leading into areas held by Assad's forces.

The army recaptured the Salaheddin neighbourhood but the adjacent Saif al-Dawla district remains in the hands of the rebels.

In the city centre, smoke rose over Aleppo's historic Unesco-listed Citadel, as, in the cool shade of one of the Old City's historic market inns, rebels cleaned and loaded ageing Kalashnikovs.

"There are clashes in this city every single second," said rebel fighter Abu Alaa. "You just never know when they will erupt."

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 00:45

    The reason that this assad monster can't win this war, is that for every oppostion member murdered, ten 'new' opposition members stand up and go onto the streets. If this was not the case, this assad and his terrorist army would long ago have crushed the opposition, but in the meantime , the opposition is re-claiming , every day, more and more of THEIR country. This assad thug, has the same rotten mind as that other terrorist, that psygopath from Libya, who decided, "that if he can't have 'his' country, than nobody will" Why else would assad be bombing Syria into rubble ??

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-08-29 08:58

      Anthony you need to read a little more!! This is not a credible opposition. It has been shown that the 'opposition' is a comprised mainly of alqueda and other terrorists from around the middle east as well as CIA Mossad and other FOREIGN mercenaries

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 09:49

      A rebel commander has admitted that around 70% of Aleppo city supports the regime, more than a month into the battle for Syria's biggest city. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/21/syrian-rebels-aleppo-local-hostility Of course you rather resort to what children do, and cover your eyes and ears and hope this goes away. Denying the truth never made it disappear!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-29 10:37

      Shame Mgoqi.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 10:42

      Dylan, The Nats tried to do the same, and rubbished the ANC as a terrorists organisation, with links to the worst terrorists groups in the world. South Africans were also told that there would be a communist under everyone of our beds !!!!! For an illegitimate terrorist regime to make out that the ligitimate opposition are the 'bad' ones, only the ignorant, dumb and stupid will believe!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 10:54

      Fidel, How does this 'commander' know this ?????? Did he visit a fortuneteller in a caravan parked uinder a tree??? But what is more surprising is that YOU, believe this, and does not seem to have the brain capacity to realize that this assad terrorist regime is fighting for survival, and will use ANY method, to achieve this, including brainwashing silly childish radicals like yourself. Why don't you do your best and come with something more credible !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 11:06

      @Anthony "How does this 'commander' know this ?????? Did he visit a fortuneteller in a caravan parked uinder a tree???" It's from the "rebel" commander (FSA), the people that are supposed to be fighting for the residents of Aleppo, against the Syrian government. You obviously again skimmed read my point and switched your fingers before thinking. I suggest you attempt a reread or refrain from responding and wasting my time (and yours).

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-08-29 11:07

      "The Nats tried to do the same, and rubbished the ANC ... only the ignorant, dumb and stupid will believe." @ Anthony, for once I agree with you, but unfortunately your statement implies that 90% of the white population (and the colored people that voted for Hernus Kriel) are all ignorant, dumb and stupid.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 11:53

      Fidel, If I am wasting your time, than bugger off from this site, NOBODY has asked you to come here, and let me assure you, the ONLY one that is waiting for your next silly and childish comment is Patrick And don't come with your dumber than dumb reply, maybe you should grow up before you make any further stupid comments. You don't believe' The UN General Assembly, the UN SC, Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan,Amnesty International, the Red Cross, International journalists, International cameramen, Eye witnesses on the ground But you will believe ANYTHING that suits your anti Western BS and CRAP You want some more 'evidence' Why don't you google " Syria News" and you will get 546 000 000 results, you can than choose and pick what suits you as 'facts" You are nothing more than a bullsh.tter !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 12:35

      Going off on tangents as usual because actually sticking to the point at debate is too much to ask from an old git with an attention span of toddler. Apparently, you need to confuse the argument beyond all recognition, because actually dealing with the substance of my post laid out explicitly in my comment is too much work. My mother warned me not to debate with donkeys...will I ever learn!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-29 12:47

      Anyhow, you have fun, while it lasts, your hero, this assad dog, is on his way out. So than you will have to find a new platform , to get rid of your anti Western BS. But , don't panic, radicals since the sixties have always find new ,outlets' We will probably find each other on the Iran sites !!! that's going to be quite a sight, these Ayatollahs, hanging from a tree !!! Can hardly wait !!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-29 13:16

      Mgoqi why is it that most people disagree with you?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 13:24

      Tangents, sixties, Ayatollahs, radicals, blah blah blah.....ad neaseum! Perhaps you should start drinking a little bit later.

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