Pro-Assad forces hit Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo with ‘barrel bombs’

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Mass destruction of residential buildings caused by barrel bombs in Syria's Aleppo. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Syrian military helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on a Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo city, causing casualties among civilians, activists reported on Tuesday.

The neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo was hit by four barrel bombs dropped by pro-regime military helicopters.

At least four Kurdish civilians were killed and ten others were heavily injured in the attack, which caused a large destruction in residential buildings in the Kurdish neighborhood. 

Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been protecting the area against Islamist rebels of al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham. This is the first time for pro-Assad air force to bomb the Kurdish neighborhood with barrel bombs. 

“Four dead bodies were found subsequent to the bombardment, while more than ten others were heavily wounded and transferred to a field hospital for treatment,” a medical source told ARA News in Aleppo. 

The source added that activists are still searching for victims under the rubble. 

The regime-led bombardment of Sheikh Maqsoud comes just few days after the YPG forces reached a ceasefire agreement with the Islamist rebels subsequent to months of heavy clashes. 

Reporting by: Mehyar al-Kurdi and Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News 

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