Pro-Assad forces target Aleppo public market with missiles, dozens killed

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A man reacts amidst damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Katerji district in Aleppo. File photo: Reuters

ARA News 

ALEPPO – At least 3o civilians were killed and dozens wounded in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo amid heavy bombardment by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, activists reported on Monday.

Pro-Assad forces targeted al-Shaar neighborhood in eastern Aleppo with surface-to-surface missiles on Monday afternoon. 

“The missiles hit a crowded public market in al-Shaar, causing dozens of casualties,” media activist Wael Mahmoud told ARA News.

“More than 30 people were killed and many others wounded,” he said. 

Mahmoud added that civil defense activists continued searching for survivors under the rubble until Monday evening.

“Assad militias intend to target populated areas in Aleppo. Hundreds die every week due to the barrel bombs and missiles that mostly hit residential buildings and public markets,” the activist added. 

The city of Aleppo has been divided into a regime-held west and opposition-held east for more than a year. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News 

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