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ALEPPO – At least four civilians were killed and several others wounded after the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) pounded a Kurdish-populated town southeast of Aleppo in northern Syria, local activists reported on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Akram Khalil said that the terror group targeted the town of Tell Aran with home-made rockets and mortars, some of them hit an elementary school along with a number of residential buildings, causing casualties among civilians.
Tell Aran is a Kurdish-majority town administratively linked to the al-Safira District of Aleppo province.
ISIS militants imposed a siege on the town after the withdrawal of the Syrian army last month.
“The attack led to the death of four civilians, including a child, and the injury of several others,” the source said, pointing out “the attack destroyed a number of residential buildings”.
Subsequent to the withdrawal of the regime’s army and allied groups, ISIS has been bombing Tell Aran and its suburbs for weeks. The town is currently protected by locals, eyewitnesses told ARA News.
Tell Aran had a population of 17,770 according to official statistics before the war. It is famous for its grapes, vineyards and gardens. However, the town is currently suffering a sharp shortage of food and medical supplies under ISIS siege. Hundreds of civilians are now stranded in the town, after the displacement of most of its residents.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News