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Strikes on Aleppo Continue from Both Sides

by VOA News April 29, 2016

Airstrikes continued Friday on Syria's second city, Aleppo, where a clinic was hit one day after a strike destroyed a hospital, civil defense officials said.

The clinic, which had been providing treatment for chronic illness and dental services for about five years, was badly damaged. A nurse was among several wounded.

State media reports that rebels have shelled an Aleppo mosque in the Bab al-Faraj neighborhood, killing at least 15 and wounding 30.

"The planes didn't sleep and didn't let us sleep either," a resident told the AFP news service. "The earth is shaking beneath our feet."

Friday prayers were suspended at city mosques in rebel-held neighborhoods in fear of more violence.

Heavy casualties

Thursday was the deadliest day in Aleppo since violence flared last week when The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 54 people were killed.

At least 200 civilians died in Aleppo this week as rebels hit government-controlled neighborhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime continued air raids on rebel areas.

U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement Friday that the renewed violence in Syria this week showed a "monstrous disregard for civilians' lives by all parties to the conflict."

Aleppo is Syria's largest city. Both the Syrian government and rebels control different parts of the city, while numerous groups, including al-Qaida and Islamic State, control parts of the surrounding province.

Syria and the opposition agreed on a cease-fire in February aimed at setting the stage for peace talks. Islamist militants were not part of the truce and the government assault against them continues.

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