Intense air strikes have pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo city and triggered major fires, even as international powers are meeting in New York amid efforts to revive the collapsed ceasefire.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that 14 air strikes hit the neighbourhoods of Bustan al-Qasr and Al-Kalasseh, leading to “massive fires” which killed seven people, including three women and three children.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said they were “the most intense strikes in months”, while opposition activists accused the Syrian government and its ally Russia of dropping “incendiary phosphorous bombs”.
Fresh air strikes also hit Aleppo’s Sukkari neighbourhood, the Observatory said, and fierce clashes hit the southwestern district of Ramosa, where rebel groups are fighting off a government offensive.
Even as the violence escalated, the UN said it had resumed aid deliveries, in its first operation since an attack last Monday on a humanitarian convoy killed 20 people and triggered the suspension of much-needed relief operations.
- Pray for Syria – this nation needs our prayers and intercession now, more than ever.
- Pray for those living in besieges areas of Syria, that aid convoys will be allowed in and deliver food and medical aid to these desperate people.
- Pray for the ongoing negotiations for a cease fire and an end to the fighting. Pray that all parties will put aside their own agendas and truly seek the good of Syria and her people.
- Pray for more countries to open their doors to Syrian refugees, including Christian refuges, for these people to find places of safety and healing.
Psalm 90 vs 13: “Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants!“