government-controlled area in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo has
been hit by rebel mortar shells. At least seven children came under
fire, five of them were killed. An RT crew has been reporting from
the local hospital.
school and adjacent bus stop were hit by mortar shells in the
government-controlled Al-Suleymaniya neighborhood of Aleppo, RT’s
Murad Gazdiev reported from the Al Razi hospital, where the victims
have been brought.
had to blur parts of the video due to its disturbing nature.
total of at least seven children and one adult were hit. Two
girls, identified as Lama and Maria, died instantly, as they were
closest to the spot the shell hit.
five-year-old boy and his nine-year-old sister, were also among those
killed – their bodies seen in the Al Razi hospital.
spoke to one of the teachers who survived the attack. “They
are from Hatim Al-Tai school. Brother and sister and two more
sisters. I am the deputy head teacher at that school. Let them [the
perpetrators] know that they are just pupils. They are my students. I
carried them out with my own hands,” he
man said that the shells were manifestations of “hatred
[perpetrators] are bandits! It should all be brought to an end. One
should completely eliminate them,” the
deputy head teacher went on to say.
16-year-old child was killed in a separate attack on Seyf Aldawla
neighborhood. Locals told RT crews that four shellings took place in
Western Aleppo on Thursday, although this information has not been
Aleppo neighborhoods have often been targeted by rebel
fire, with doctors at Al-Razi telling RT crew it has been overcrowded
with the injured and on the brink of its capacity to provide
emergency care and painkillers. Al-Razi is one of two hospitals in
Western Aleppo equipped with emergency rooms.
victims are brought here. We might have 15 people brought to the
emergency room in less than an hour,”
Doctor Mouhammad told RT.
hard psychologically on the doctors. The stress, the workload, the
tension – they all take their toll,”
filming at the hospital, the RT crew saw the appalling aftermath of
indiscriminate fire in Western Aleppo. Ten-year-old boy Hassan, born
deaf and mute, lost a foot in shelling two days ago, but survived.
day before yesterday he was playing with other boys in al-Hamadaneyah
area when the shell landed there,”
one of Hassan’s relatives explained.
of the boys was torn apart completely and my nephew had his foot
child, a five-year-old girl named Tasmeem, was hit by a piece of
shrapnel from a shell that landed in Western Aleppo on Wednesday. She
was brought to the hospital with her intestines hanging out. Doctors
have been operating on her, saying she is stable for now.
boy, who also got injured in the latest attacks, told RT he witnessed
how his brother die in the shelling.
shell landed right next to me. I saw how my cousin was torn apart in
front of my eyes,” the
youngster, who was lying on a stretcher with a bandaged leg, said.
are you [terrorists] killing us, what have we done to you? Don’t
you have a heart?” a
woman inside the hospital said, expressing sorrow and frustration.
ordeal of civilians risking their lives under rebel shelling in
government-held western Aleppo does not get much coverage in Western
media. UK-based international affairs commentator Jonathan Steele
believes it is done to paint Assad as the villain.
part of ideological bias, […] there’s no doubt that the media
seems to be supporting the anti-Assad forces. So they heighten
anything being done by Assad in terms of casualties and then minimize
what’s being done by enemies of Assad, the rebel groups,” Steele
asked several international humanitarian organizations to comment on
the situation in Western Aleppo. Only one, Human Rights Watch, has
responded so far, saying they did not have enough information to
comment on “this
specific attack, or attacks on West Aleppo more broadly at this