At least 141 civilians, including 18 children, have been killed in a week of renewed bombardment on the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo which has devastated its hospitals, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today.
The Britain-based war monitor said it had documented hundreds of injuries as a result of Russian and Syrian airstrikes and shelling by government forces and its allies on the besieged eastern half of the divided city.
The assault began last Tuesday after a weeks-long pause in airstrikes and shelling inside east Aleppo, although battles and airstrikes did continue along the city's front lines and in the surrounding countryside.
The monitor said there were another 87 deaths of rebel fighters and people of unknown identity in the eastern sector.
The observatory also documented 16 civilian deaths, including 10 children, and dozens of injuries as a result of opposition shelling of government-held west Aleppo.
Airstrikes and shelling of east Aleppo last week knocked all the main hospitals in that part of the city out of service, the local health authority and international humanitarian agencies said.