At least 28 civilians have been killed and scores more wounded by militant shelling in Syria’s Aleppo over the last 24 hours, says a monitoring group.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday, among the latest victims are six children and eight women who were killed in two of city’s southwestern districts.
The recent casualties come as fierce clashes are going on between Syrian government forces and militants trying to break the siege around the city of Aleppo.
Aleppo has been divided between the government forces and militants since 2012, a year after conflict broke out in the Arab country. Army forces are in the middle of a large military operation to liberate the militant-held parts of the province.
Takfiri militants fire shells towards Syrian government positions on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo on July 31, 2016. (AFP)
The Syrian government, backed by Russia, launched a large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo on Friday and created corridors providing civilians and the militants, who chose to surrender, the opportunity to leave the city.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. The Takfiri terrorists operating in the Arab country have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas from the grip of the extremists.
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.