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Saturday, August 13, 2016

97 civilians killed by air strikes in Syria yesterday

The deaths included 13 woman and 10 children. It was one of the deadliest days in the recent period but other than that, just another day in 5 years of slaughter.

If 97 civilians had been blown up in Europe or America yesterday, it would have been all over the news and the perpetrators would be branded terrorist, but this happened in Syria and was done by Russian, Syrian and American warplanes so you probably won't hear about it from the mainstream media or Democracy Now, so I thought I'd better post this short blog. These deaths deserve to be acknowledged and mourned too.

Al Jazeera is reporting:
Syria's war: Government and Russia blamed for deaths

Monitors and activists say most fatalities occurred in Aleppo province, while US-backed force gains ground on ISIL.

13 August 2016
At least 90 people have been killed in overnight air strikes by the Syrian government and Russian forces across Syria, according to monitors and opposition activists.

Most people were killed around Aleppo province, where more than 300,000 civilians are trapped in rebel held territories.

The air raids hit the only hospital for women and children in the town of Kafr Hamra, killing two staffers, including a nurse, while 10 people were rescued from the rubble, the Syrian Civil Defence said.

Air strikes also hit a market in the nearby town of Urem al-Kubra, killing at least six people, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Urem al-Kubra lies on the road linking Aleppo to the northern rebel-controlled province of Idlib, which has also seen intense bombing.

"This is one of the highest death tolls we have seen in the recent days," said Al Jazeera's Reza Sayah, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border. More...

Japan Today is reporting:
Airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo hit hospital, market, kill 18

By Sarah El Deeb
13 August 2016
BEIRUT — Airstrikes in opposition areas of Syria’s northern Aleppo province struck a market, a hospital and a village on Friday, killing at least 18 people, including children and two hospital staffers, activists and rescue workers said.

The air raids hit the only hospital for women and children in the town of Kafr Hamra before dawn, killing two staffers, including a nurse. The Syrian Civil Defense, a group of first responders, said it pulled 10 people alive from under the rubble. More...

Albawaba News is reporting:
Airstrikes in Syria leave 21 civilians dead

13 August 2016
Separate airstrikes in Syria Friday killed at least 21 people and injured scores of others, local civil defense sources told Anadolu Agency Airstrikes on a hospital in the northwestern Aleppo province left 10 people dead and 16 others injured.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, the sources said that Russia and Syrian regime jets struck a residential area in northern Aleppo, killing 10, including women and children.

The attack also destroyed a number of houses and workplaces. More...

The New York Times is reporting:
In Syria, Battles for Aleppo Seem as Endless as the War Itself

By Ben Hubbard
12 August 2016
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The battle for Aleppo — Syria’s most populous city — is once again raging, once again trapping hundreds of thousands of civilians, once again rallying fighters seeking an advantage in the five-year-old civil war.

But it is just as likely that Aleppo will continue to burn, the war will move no closer to resolution — and many people will continue to suffer and die.

“Every day we have wounded, every day we have sick people,” Abdulqader Habak, an activist in the city’s rebel-held eastern part, said via Skype. He and other activists have also reported an increase in attacks using chemical gases, increasing civilian misery. More...

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