Russian planes pounds Aleppo as Syria army closes in


ALEPPO , Syria, June 25, (APP): Russian planes pounds Aleppo as Syria army closes in


Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second  city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the  rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said.


An AFP correspondent in the rebel-held east of the  city said the air strikes lasted throughout the night into  the morning.


Aleppo , which was Syria's commercial and manufacturing  hub before civil war broke out in 2011, has been a key  battleground ever since rebels seized eastern neighbourhoods  of the city the following year.


The Russian strikes focused on the Castello Road ,  the only remaining route out of the rebel-held east of the  city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


"Russian planes are backing a Syrian regime ground  offensive on the northern edges of the city, while Syrian  planes bomb the eastern neighbourhoods," Observatory head  Rami Abdel Rahman said.


A child was among two people killed in strikes on the  rebel-held Al-Maysar neighbourhood, the White Helmets civil  defence group said.


"In the past two days, my kids and I haven't been able  to sleep all night because of the huge blasts, the likes of  which we haven't heard before," said 38-year-old shopkeeper  Abu Ahmed.


A father of three, Abu Ahmad owns a small convenience store  in east Aleppo .


"We haven't been able to get any products or produce for  the shop over the past two days because no one can use the  (Castello) road," he said.



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