Syria conflict: Children’s hospital hit in deadly Aleppo strikes

A hospital, blood bank and ambulances are reported to have been hit as Syrian government aircraft and artillery bombarded rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

The director of the Bayan Children’s Hospital said he was sheltering in the facility’s basement, unable to leave.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 21 people had been killed, five of them children.

The air strikes resumed on Tuesday after a three-week moratorium declared by the government’s ally Russia ended.

Russia also announced the start of a major operation against jihadist militants elsewhere in western Syria that saw the country’s only aircraft carrier used in combat for the first time.

Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial and industrial hub, has been divided in roughly two since 2012, with the government controlling the west and rebels the east.

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