Whole streets of Aleppo are in flames after cluster bombs thought to have been dropped by Syrian government forces or their Russian allies targeted rebel-held areas of the city.
The attacks came hours after some of the heaviest bombing for months in the devastated city, following the breakdown of a ceasefire and vows by President al-Assad’s forces to launch a major new offensive.
At least 12 people are known to have died in the latest bombardment, in Bustan al-Qasr district, which comes after at least 49 people were killed in the city on Wednesday (21 September). The death toll is thought to be higher but doctors say they have not had time to update the numbers killed and injured because hospitals – often targeted by bombing raids – are under intense pressure. One doctor told The Guardian: “The pressure on the hospitals is very dire.”