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24 hours of bombardment in Aleppo kills 45

Five children were among those reported dead on Monday [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 October, 2016

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At least 45 people have been killed in Aleppo in the last 24 hours, according to monitors, with high-level diplomatic talks over the weekend failing to curb the bloodshed.

At least 12 civilians were killed by airstrikes in the rebel-held east Aleppo district of Marjeh on Monday, bringing the number killed in 24 hours of bombardment on the battleground city to 45.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that five of the dead were children.

On Sunday, Zouhir al-Shimale, The New Arab’s correspondent in east Aleppo reported that 15 people had been killed following an attack on a market in the Ferdous neighbourhood of east Aleppo.

“Two buildings collapsed,” said al-Shimale, “It is a public market… or it used to be because now it is completely destroyed.”

Airstrikes on rebel-held east Aleppo have intensified since a US-Russian brokered ceasefire collapsed in September resulting in a fresh regime assault on the city.

Global outrage over the humanitarian situation in rebel held Aleppo, where residents face a regime-enforced siege, has lead the United States to state that it will reconsider the prospect of military intervention in Syria.

 
The aftermath of an airstrike in the Ferdous neighbourhood of east Aleppo on Sunday [Zouhir al-Shimale]

Speaking on Sunday US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US was “discussing every mechanism available to us but I haven't seen a big appetite from anyone in Europe to go to war.”

Kerry also met British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, stating that the US was considering new sanctions against the Syrian regime.

On Saturday a meeting between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lasted over four hours but ended without any clear progress. Speaking after the talks Kerry said their intention was to “find something that works other than military action.”

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