Aleppo – On a heavy government bombing, at least 27 civilians were killed on Saturday, as the latest bout of violence hit the war-ravaged country. On those 27 civilians, about 12 were killed on an opposition-held on the northern metropolis in Aleppo, Syria.

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said that additionally, about 13 people died in shelling in the town of Douma, located east of Damascus, while other two men were killed in government air strikes on Talbisseh, in the central Homs province, located on the western side of the country.

A member of the Syrian emergency personnel runs towards the site of air strikes following shelling by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 16, 2015. Credit: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty

Targeted “strategic” airstrikes 

After two days of death strikes since Friday, the numbers from that day were 25 civilians killed and over 40 civilians injured.

This Saturday, according to Ibrahim Abu Leith, who is a Syrian Civil Defense official, at least 22 people were also injured in the attack and many buildings were severely damaged, meaning that the number of deaths and injured people raised quickly in just two days.

As said before, several neighborhoods in Aleppo was targeted, one of them being a high-populated district of Bustan Al-Qasr, but the deadliest break-in was in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood on the eastern edges of the city.

Bordering: An emergency exit

After Aleppo being the biggest city on before the conflicts, holding about 2 million and was one of the economical engines of the country, but actually about 300,000 people are estimated to be living in the rebel-held areas that have sustained heavy casualties and massive destruction, as result of a government that has been bombing that has already forced many to flee.

Russian backups?

In March, Russia decided to reduce its forces in the war-torn country, but even doing that, more than 361,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in 2011.

The Russian air force and allied militia from Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, along with the government managed to cut out most of the rebels direct supply routes into Aleppo back in February.

Is there a “good” or “wrong” side?

Aleppo’s defeating the opposition would have been a direct hit to the dissenting side, and also, this has been a strike to Turkey, which has been backing the Syrian rebel groups are fighting really close to their frontier.

On the other hand, the government-held side of the city is still the home of more than 1 million people, but the level of casualties and destruction in there has been really lower compared to those in the opposition-held areas.

Source: Al-Arabiya