Middle East

Dozens killed in Aleppo market bombing

At least 33 people have died in a government air strike, a day after a regime raid hit a school and killed 19.

Last updated: 01 May 2014 21:23
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Aleppo has been repeatedly targeted by air strikes that often hit schools, mosques and markets [Reuters]

At least 33 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured in an airstrike on a market in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Regime war planes on Thursday struck a popular market in the opposition-held Halak district of the country's largest city, the UK-based, anti-government monitoring group said.

"A Syrian fighter jet fired a missile at the [Halak] neighbourhood, and within minutes it fired another," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Observatory, told the AFP news agency.

"It was mayhem," said Hasson Abu Faisal, an activist in Aleppo. "Many of the bodies are burned."

The Aleppo Media Centre estimated the death toll to be as high as 44.

Local activists who run the centre said "two residential buildings were destroyed and several shops set ablaze".

Deadly air strike hits Aleppo school

The attack came one day after a Syrian regime air raid struck a school and killed at least 19 people, including at least 10 children, in the same city.

That air raid was described by the UN's humanitarian chief as "a flagrant violation of the basic tenets of war".

Aleppo has been divided between government forces and opposition fighters for almost two years and has been repeatedly struck by forces loyal to Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad.

Many of the strikes have hit schools, mosques and markets.

More than 150,000 people have died and millions of others have been displaced in three years of conflict, which began as an uprising against Assad.


Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
EU's poorest member state is struggling to cope with an influx of mostly war-weary Syrian refugees.
Study says tipping point reached as poachers kill 7 percent of African elephants annually; birth rate is 5 percent.
Zimbabwe's leader given rotating chairmanship of 15-member nation bloc a year after he won disputed presidential polls.
join our mailing list