Residents of rebel-held east Aleppo have described scenes of devastation, with activists claiming attacks by Syrian and Russian warplanes on the city hours after the Syrian military announced a
major new offensive.
As heavy bombing entered a second
day, three medical centres and two
centres belonging to the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group, were hit in airstrikes that disabled some of their vehicles and cut off roads in the city, leaving many victims trapped under the ruins of their homes.
Dramatic footage also emerged of a
young girl being pulled from the rubble of a building by rescuers, who appeared to rush her away for medical treatment.
The footage, released by Sky News, was said by the broadcaster to have been taken on Friday in the Bab al – Nairab district of Aleppo. The Guardian has not been able to independently verify the details.