At least eight civilians were killed Saturday in a regime airstrike in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, according to a pro-opposition Syrian civil defense official.
Najib Ensari, an Aleppo-based official, told Anadolu Agency that 14 others were injured when a Syrian army jet shelled civilians fleeing their homes in Aleppo's eastern conflict-ridden areas to the al-Shear neighborhood.
Ensari also said regime shelling also targeted the opposition-held eastern neighborhoods of al-Firdaws, Magayir and al-Sukkari.
He added that civil defense teams were trying to rescue civilians trapped under the wreckage.
Around 300,000 civilians in eastern Aleppo have been reeling under a crippling regime-imposed siege for more than three months.
Since mid-November, more than 758 civilians have been killed -- and 2,500 others injured -- in regime attacks on the area, according to figures released by local civil defense officials.
The fierce bombardments have forced hospitals and other medical facilities in the war-battered city to cease operations while most academic activities have been completely halted.
The stepped-up attacks come within the context of attempts by the Russia-backed Assad regime and its allies to wrest control of eastern parts of the city, four years after they were captured by armed opposition groups.
Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.
*Reporting by Halit Suleyman; Writing by Emin Avundukluoglu
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