Aleppo enters second day of bombing in new Syrian army offensive
Warplanes carry out fresh wave of raids in rebel-held eastern area of city, as activist warns of ‘annihilation’
A heavy bombardment of rebel-held east Aleppo entered a second day on Friday, hours after the Syrian military announced a major new offensive against the city that ended all talk of restoring a US-Russian ceasefire and raised questions over whether it had been a tactical ploy by the Assad regime and its Russian sponsors.
Ammar al Selmo, the head of the civil defence rescue service in east Aleppo, told Reuters a fresh wave of bombing had started at 6am local time after heavy overnight attacks, he said. “What’s happening now is annihilation,” he said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 30 air strikes had targeted different areas of the city.