Pro-Assad troops hit Kurdish district in Aleppo with barrel bombs, civilian casualties reported

Flags of the Kurdish forces are seen in central Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo, northern Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – The Syrian regime’s air force hit a Kurdish-populated district in the northern Aleppo city with several barrel bombs, killing and wounding a number of civilians, local sources reported on Wednesday.

At least five civilians were killed, including two children, and nine others were injured in the regime’s bombardment in Sheikh Maqsoud district.  

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Hozan Haddo said that three barrel bombs dropped by Syrian military helicopters hit a crowded market in central Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo.

“The bombardment has caused a mass destruction in the targeted market and left more than 15 civilian casualties,” Haddo reported.

Some of the victims were pulled from the rubble of destroyed shops in the district. 

Sheikh Maqsoud is under the control of the Kurdish forces the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 

The YPG has repeatedly clashed with Islamist fighters of al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in the vicinity of Sheikh Maqsoud district, as the Kurdish forces have been trying to defend the district for more than a year against al-Qaeda offensives. 

This is the first time that the Syrian air force bomb the Sheikh Maqsoud district with barrel bombs. 

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo 

Source: ARA News

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