#Syria - Baby in shock of her martyred father
A bombing the predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo has left at least 15 people dead.
Nine children were among at least 15 people killed in an air strike on a majority Kurdish district in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, a watchdog said.
“The number of people killed in an air strike on the western edges of Sheikh Maksoud has risen to 15… Among them were nine children aged under 18 years and three women,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Kurdish sources from the neighborhood have told the Observatory the number of fatalities may rise, as several people have suffered critical injuries,” added the Britain-based watchdog.
It is unclear whether any of the casualties were fighters from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Syria’s branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Observatory said.
Reports of the strike come days into fierce fighting pitting Kurdish fighters against troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the arrival of Syrian rebels in the neighborhood, the Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
The area targeted by the air strike is under control the PYD’s control, he said.
“We can see a clear drive by the army to attack the Kurds in recent days. The PYD is being dragged by the army into Syria’s conflict,” he added.
Up until now, Syria’s Kurds have been split over Syria’s bloody revolt, with most trying to maintain neutrality.
Amateur video shot in the neighborhood and distributed by the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a grass roots network of activists, showed burnt bodies lying in rubble.
The footage was reportedly filmed in the strike’s aftermath.
A second video showed a black cloud of smoke and flames rising above the presumed site of the strike.
Women can be heard screaming, while an unidentified cameraman says: “Right next to the PKK’s checkpoint, there’s corpses on the ground. Bring vehicles for the casualties, quick.”
The same video shows a woman scream out as she picks up the body of a young girl from the ground. It also shows the body of a boy lying next to a metal fence as residents rush to place several other children’s bodies on the back of a pick-up truck.
Elsewhere in Syria, the air force targeted Al-Hajar al-Aswad in southern Damascus and Qadam in the southwest, said the watchdog, which relies on a broad network of doctors, lawyers and activists for its reports.
Al-Hajar al-Aswad was also struck by mortar rounds and rockets, activists in the capital said.
Warplanes also raided Yabrud near Damascus and Qusayr in the central province of Homs, as tanks shelled rebel enclaves in Homs city.
In Damascus, mortar rounds hit Baramkeh in the heart of the city, said the Observatory, as rebels pressed their campaign to break into the regime’s key bastion.
Saturday’s violence comes a day after at least 94 people were killed across the country — 32 civilians, 36 rebels fighters and 26 soldiers — according to an Observatory count.
The UN says more than 70,000 people have been killed in Syria’s war, which broke out after the army unleashed a brutal crackdown against dissent, turning a peaceful uprising into a bloody insurgency.
NOW - 04/06/2013
Syrians old and young have been left sleeping in caves Photo: ITV News/ Sean Swann
ITV News has returned to one of the once dead cities of Syria, abandoned thousands of years ago.
But it has come alive again, as a bolt-hole for families forced to flee the civil war.
Syrians old and young have been left sleeping in caves Credit: ITV News/ Sean Swann
More than two months since our first visit, more children and their parents are taking shelter from the Assad regime, amongst the Roman ruins.
ITV News International Correspondent John Irvine has returned to the caves of Serjilla in the north west of Syria:
The ruins are now home to many refugees hiding from the fighting Credit: ITV News/ Sean Swann
Shelling on Sunday targeting the town of Hazzeh east of Damascus killed at least nine people including a number of children, a watchdog said, as the Syrian regime pressed its offensive against rebels.
Warplanes also pounded rebel zones on the outskirts of Damascus and in the northern province of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added, giving a preliminary death toll of 28 for Sunday.
“At least nine civilians, many of them children, were killed in shelling on the Hazzeh area of Eastern Ghouta,” it said.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that he was unable to immediately confirm how many children had been killed in the artillery attack, but “at least two of the victims were aged under four years.”
Amateur video posted on the Internet by Hazzeh-based activists showed a young man carrying the bloodied body of a young boy away from the site of the attack.
The grisly footage also showed other victims lying in the mud. At least two of the bodies shown in the video were those of children.
According to the Observatory, more than 3,500 children have been killed in Syria since the outbreak in March 2011 of a peaceful uprising that morphed into an insurgency after President Bashar al-Assad’s cracked down hard on dissent.
News of the Hazzeh attack came hours after warplanes bombarded Sfeireh in Aleppo province, as well as Daraya, southwest of Damascus, the monitoring group said.
The Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers inside Syria, also reported fierce clashes between rebels and the army in Daraya and in the Barzeh district of northern Damascus.
Violence around the capital has been on the rise since the army last July launched an offensive against rebels who had moved into several neighborhoods.
Analysts say the regime is attempting to secure an area of control in a radius of about eight kilometers around the city.
Sunday’s violence follows a day in which 95 people—33 civilians, 39 rebel fighters and 23 soldiers—were killed nationwide, the Observatory said.
The United Nations says that more than 60,000 people have been killed over the past nearly 22 months of the conflict in Syria.
#Syria - Picture: Two boys sit near a fire in the Bustan al-Qaser area in Aleppo; December 26, 2012.
#Syria - Picture: Saying “goodbye” to their mother who died due to shelling on Qaboon neighborhood in #Damascus. She had 5 children.. (via @TheSyrianist) - 12/23/2012
27-11-2012 #Syria - Rastan - the difficult living conditions of the people.
Rastan and the suffering of the people here, we see this man, carrying on his shoulders; huge bag, and these children playing in the street:
- You’re playing in the street, that means you don’t go to school !?
- We are not living here anymore. We just came to take some stuff.
- So you are not gonna stay here.. why ?
- Because we are afraid here !
- Afraid of what ?
- Of the shells, watch here 2 shells and one missile fall.
- Are you in school or not ?
- I was registered here.
These are the children of Rastan and their suffering .