Al-Qaeda bombs Kurdish district in Aleppo, killing nine civilians

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Militants of Nusra Front. File photo

ARA News

ALEPPO – Islamist militants of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate) on Wednesday bombed residential buildings in the Sheikh Maksud neighborhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, local sources reported. 

At least nine civilians were killed and dozens more wounded in the Kurdish district of Sheikh Maksud under the heavy mortar fire of Nusra militants.

“The shells caused the destruction of several houses and the death of at least nine civilians, including two children,” local civil rights activist Ahmed Simo told ARA News in Aleppo.

“The Nusra-led shelling, which continued until Wednesday midnight, has also caused dozens of injuries among civilians. Our teams are still searching for survivors under the rubble of the bombed houses,” Simo reported. 

This comes three days after Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained the district from Nusra militants and allied Islamist rebels. 

On Saturday, clashes broke out between the YPG and Islamist rebels in the vicinity of the Sheikh Maksud district in northeastern Aleppo after Nusra militants attacked Kurdish security checkpoints in the district. Nusra and allied Islamists had also targeted residential areas in the district, killing at least four Kurdish civilians. 

On Sunday, the YPG Media Center told ARA News that their forces have regained the Kurdish-majority district of Sheikh Maksud after causing heavy losses in the ranks of the Islamist rebels.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News  

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