VIDEO: Russia Fighter Jets Pound Syria’s Minan, Rashdeen, Khan Al Assal near Aleppo

Thu Nov 3, 2016 18:35:40

Video, uploaded on Wednesday, purports to show the aftermath of two Russian air strikes on Minan, Rashdeen and Khan Al Assal in the area of Aleppo, Al-Alam News Network reports.

A second video uploaded by Qashion agency also purported to show a strike in an unknown town said to be near Aleppo.

Syria’s biggest city before the outbreak of the conflict five years ago has been divided between government forces and rebels since the summer of 2012.

The city has been divided for years between the government-held western sector and the rebel-held east, which the army and its allies put under siege this summer and where they launched a new offensive in September.

Last Friday rebel groups and ISIS terrorist factions opened up a new front in Aleppo in a bid to break the government’s siege of the opposition-held part of the city.

Rebel groups including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al-Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner, are battling government forces for control of Minan.

Human rights groups and Western countries have previously accused Syria’s army, backed by Russia’s air force, of targeting hospitals, bakeries and other civilian areas when bombarding rebel areas, including eastern Aleppo.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said rebels had until Friday evening to surrender and leave Aleppo.

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