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.