Syrian Troops Advance in Aleppo Amid War’s Heaviest Bombing
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (BASSEM MROUE)
September 24, 2016 — 12:13 PM EEST Updated on September 25, 2016 — 5:25 AM
Beirut (AP) — Syrian troops captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo on Saturday, tightening their siege on opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city after what residents described as the heaviest air bombardment of the 5 ½-year civil war.
The U.N. meanwhile said that nearly 2 million people in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and onetime commercial center, are without running water following the escalation in fighting over the past few days.
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting on the escalating attacks Sunday morning at the request of the United States, Britain and France.
Government forces captured the rebel-held Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat as airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 52 people, including 11 children and six women, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Local Coordination Committees, another monitoring group, said 49 were killed on Saturday alone.