Aleppo bombardments hit bakery, hospital: Residents

The city has been bombarded for the past week, as Syrian air and ground troops attempt to capture the eastern part of the city, a rebel stronghold since 2012 and under siege for three months.

Numerous city's 275,000 civilian residents are "sitting in their homes, waiting to die", as Russian and Syrian warplanes unleash wave after wave of airstrikes, White Helmets chief Raed al-Saleh said Tuesday.

Syrian rebels have been supplied with a new type of surface-to-surface Grad rocket by their foreign backers to help defend against the current offensive, a rebel commander told the Reuters news agency.

In the video, DJs play music, lights flash and clubbers socialize and dance at an event supposedly held this summer. "It undermines States' legal obligations and the multilateral system as a whole", he told the 15-member body at the start of a debate on the protection and health care facilities caught in armed conflict, noting that almost 600 such attacks between 2014 and 2015 killed 959 people and injured more than 1,500.

Washington and Moscow had been discussing joint air operations in Syria, under the condition that Russian and Syrian fighters maintained the cease-fire deal. He says the intensive care unit was severely damaged.

In the telephone call with Lavrov, Kerry "expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Syria, particularly for continued Russian and Syrian regime attacks on hospitals, the water supply network and other civilian infrastructure in Aleppo", Kirby's statement said. When the Syrian representative spoke, Power, along with British and French ambassadors, walked out of the session. Activists said she lost 16 members of her family in the attack.

"Deliberate attacks on hospitals are war crimes".

The two biggest hospitals in Syria's Aleppo are now out of service after they were hit by airstrikes on Wednesday, The Guardian reported.

Departing from his prepared text, Pope Francis appealed directly to those responsible for the bombing, warning them that they will be "accountable to God" for their actions.

"Hospitals have no more room to receive even one more case, due to the huge number of casualties, of wounded and of martyrs who died today at the hands of barbaric Russian warplanes backed by Syrian warplanes", he said.

Both of the damaged hospitals were hit by airstrikes between 3:30 and 5 a.m., according to reports from medical workers.

Addressing a crowd of thousands in St Peter's Square in the Vatican on Wednesday, the Pope did not name any perpetrators, but warned that those who are carrying out the indiscriminate air strikes on the 250,000 people besieged in rebel neighbourhoods will one day have to account to God for their crimes.

The latest offensive in Aleppo was just another brutal reminder of the "humanitarian catastrophe and political disaster" in Syria after five years of bloody civil war, Frederic Hof, director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, said Tuesday. The rockets, with a range of 22-40 km, had arrived in "excellent quantities" and will be used on battlefronts in Aleppo, Hama and the coastal region, Colonel Fares al-Bayoush said.

The bombing resulted in two deaths of patients and injuries to at least three hospital workers, including a nurse and ambulance driver.

The contested historic quarter of Aleppo, one of the world's oldest cities, is home to the Umayyad Mosque, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Fewer than eight hospitals are functioning for what the United Nations estimates are 275,000 people living in the rebel-held part of the city, and there are just 29 doctors to treat the floods of injured people, said Adham Sahloul of the SAMS medical organization, who is in Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border.

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