Baybars Meshaal, a civil defense official based in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency that the opposition-held towns of Al-Shear, Salahaddin, Haydariyah, Al-Sahur, Muyesir and Misqan Khanuna have also been subject to fierce artillery attacks by regime forces.
“Civil defense teams and paramedics are having trouble reaching targeted areas due to the intensity of the attacks,” he said.
“Local residents are afraid to leave their homes,” he added.
According to Meshaal, at least six people were killed — and dozens injured — when an ambulance was struck by warplanes.
“They’re striking anything that moves,” he said. “The city’s in a state of panic. Even the injured can’t be taken to hospital.”
On Tuesday, another local civil defense source, Najib Ensari, told Anadolu Agency that seven civilians had been killed — and 45 injured — by Russian airstrikes carried out east of Aleppo.
“Russian warplanes targeted the opposition-held towns of Al-Shear, Misqan Khanuna, Muyesir, Karm al-Tarrab, Firdous and Al-Sukkari,” Ensari said.
On the same day, Russia used its only aircraft carrier — for the first time — to launch missile strikes against opposition-held positions in Syria, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, cruise missiles and fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov were involved in the offensive.