Children killed in Syria violence

2012-09-24 14:49

Beirut - Syrian warplanes targeted several residential districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, killing at least five people including three children from one family, a rights watchdog said.

The five were killed and others were wounded in the central district of Maadi in the country's second city and commercial hub, a focal point for the fighting since mid-July, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Three children from the same family were killed when their building collapsed in Maadi district, which is located in the Old City of Aleppo, 600m from the citadel," said the watchdog's Rami Abdel Rahman.

"There are still people buried under the rubble," he added.

Videos posted to YouTube by activists, which AFP was unable to authenticate immediately, showed a mountain of rubble and men trying to clear away slabs of debris to free trapped residents.

Pre-dawn battles

Battles raged overnight in Aleppo's western districts of Jamiliyeh, Bustan al-Qasr, Furqan and in Zabdiyeh, while the army shelled rebel positions in Marjeh, Tariq al-Bab and Zabdiyeh, the Observatory said.

An AFP correspondent reported fighting in the southwest of the city until 04:00 (01:00 GMT) where rebels entrenched in Bustan al-Qasr and Bustan al-Zahraa exchanged fire with government troops in Ismailiyeh and Kamiliyeh.

Outside the northern metropolis, fierce clashes broke out between the army and rebels overnight near a military headquarters in western Aleppo province, the Observatory said.

In the capital, pre-dawn battles erupted in the eastern neighbourhood of Qaboon, said the watchdog, which gathers its information from a network of activists and medical sources on the ground.

Northwest of Damascus, a large explosion rocked Qudsaya suburb after midnight, and plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area.

The northeast suburb of Douma and farmland between Douma and nearby Harasta were also shelled overnight, and casualties were reported when the town of Yarmud was bombarded, the Observatory said.

The army also shelled towns and villages across the northwest province of Idlib, while in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, fierce clashes broke out between the army and rebels. There was no immediate information on casualties there.

Monday's violence came after at least 82 people - 40 civilians, 16 rebels and 26 soldiers - were killed nationwide on Sunday, the Observatory said.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-24 16:03

    Get a 'no fly zone' to prevent these assad terrorists bombing the Syrian civilian population. Anyone who does not agree; Take a hike !!

      cliff.eric.94 - 2012-09-24 16:09


  • isa.ismaila2 - 2012-09-24 17:07

    The report from this observatory agent is always one sided and bias and no body believe the report anymore.The government forces carried out all killings in Syria.Western propaganda.We are tired of your fake,sponsored report.Terrorists in any guide must be crushed.No terrorists can defeat government.Libya is yet to recover from the damage done by the West in the name of protecting civilians.Syrians must be wise now and say NO to the Western lies.

      Fidel - 2012-09-24 17:43

      I think most people with a sniff of brainpower have learnt to pretty much ignore anything the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says as a rule of thumb.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-24 17:59

      . Are these people ALSO lying??????????????????????????????? ""My staff and other United Nations colleagues have documented government attacks on schools, children denied access to hospitals, girls and boys suffering and dying in bombardments of their neighbourhoods, and also being subject to torture, including sexual violence, sometimes for weeks." Leile Zerrougi UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special reprersentative for children and armed conflict .

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-24 18:08

      YOU don't believe the report because YOU are out of touch with what is actually happening in Syria. The families of the children certainly know what is happening. Sad that you as a South African would enable, even support a brutal unelected dictator who is murdering Syrians ands their families just because they want to vote. Ring a bell?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-24 18:09

      Most people with brain power don't believe Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom, Fidel.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-24 18:10

      One more thing Isa: you only have authority to speak for yourself, no one else, notwithstanding what your Ego tells you.

      Fidel - 2012-09-24 18:12

      Perhaps they are,or not, why are you so certain that they're telling the truth? You seem to only believe "truth" when it suits your agenda. People think truth is the first casualty of war, but the first casualty is actually scepticism as evidenced by your post.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-24 18:17

      Isa, here is a video published last week from a reliable source.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-24 19:03

      Fidel, With this kind of claptrap, it is hard to believe that even 3 to 5 % of readers agree with you. But than maybe Syria is a country, and than maybe not, Maybe there is a war in this country, but than maybe not........ Who knows?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      Fidel - 2012-09-24 19:19

      @Anthony You very much misunderstand my character, if you think I give two figs if 10,000 people recommend you and none recommend my posts. This is not about group think! Maybe you are gullible and ignorant, who knows....

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-24 19:29

      Ohhhhhhhhh, How wrong you are......I understand your character alright. You are a supporter of dictatorships, and the essence of a dictatorship is this: """if you think I give two figs if 10,000 people recommend you and none recommend my posts. This is not about group think!""" Precisely !!! You could not have explained yourself any better !!!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-24 19:40

      She does not have a character. She is just spineless.

  • Raymon - 2012-09-24 20:33

    Well, no. Fidel is a moron, and everybody knows it, so just ignore tha as$hat already.

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