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At least 7 civilians killed in militant rocket attacks on Aleppo

7 December 2016 10:06

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Militant rocket fire has killed at least seven civilians and injured dozens more in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo.

The victims of the Tuesday attack on government-held regions of the city were evacuated to the Aleppo University Hospital, where doctors said some of the injured are in a critical condition.

Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, remains split between government forces in the west and foreign-backed terrorists in the east, making it a frontline battleground.

The latest attack comes just one day after militants attacked a Russian mobile hospital in the city and killed two paramedics.

Following the attack, Russia said that the US, the UK and France were responsible for the death of the two female medics, as they continue to sponsor militant groups in Syria.

“The sponsors of terrorists in the US, UK and France, as well as other countries sympathizing with them, you are to blame,” said Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

The Syrian government has been making sweeping advances in militant-held areas in eastern Aleppo, with recent reports suggesting that the military and its allies have managed to retake two-thirds of the territory that used to be under the control of the militants.

As Syrian troops advance on their goal of purging Aleppo of its militant presence, a source in the Syrian army has told Press TV that the terrorists have agreed to leave the city and that their withdrawal could begin as soon as Thursday.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Syrian troops and their allied force have successfully entered militant-held areas of Aleppo’s Old City.

The conflict in Syria, which flared up in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

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