Scores of civilians killed in Russian strikes on ISIS-held town near Syria’s Aleppo

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ARA News

ALEPPO – Russian warplanes conducted on Sunday several airstrikes on a town held by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, killing and wounding a number of civilians, according to local activists. 

The Russian airstrikes hit the ISIS-held town of Umm Kharza in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. At least five civilians were killed and a dozen more injured in the strikes. 

“Local rescue teams pulled dead bodies of five victims from the rubble subsequent to the Russian raids, which mainly hit residential buildings in central Umm Kharza,” rights activist Muhannad al-Jassim told ARA News in Aleppo. 

“More than 15 others were wounded in the strikes, which caused a huge damage in the town. Activists are still searching for victims under the ruins of destroyed buildings,” the source reported.

In the meantime, a source close to ISIS reported the death of one militant and injury of two others in Sunday’s strikes.

The Russian warplanes also launched three raids on ISIS-held areas in the vicinity of Syria’s northern Manbij city on the border with Turkey on Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether these strike caused any losses in the ISIS ranks. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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