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Islamist rebels, some allied to Al-Qaeda, have since Friday been engaged in fierce battles to retake areas of Aleppo from the government forces. The rebels have fired hundred of rockets and thousands of shells at government-held areas in a battle they have called “The Greater Epic of Aleppo”.
United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on Sunday strongly condemned deadly rocket attacks by rebels targeting civilian areas in western Aleppo.
“Credible reports … indicate that scores of civilians in west Aleppo have been killed, including several children, and hundreds wounded due to relentless and indiscriminate attacks from armed opposition groups,” De Mistura’s office said in a statement.
“(The envoy) is appalled and shocked by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of western Aleppo in the last 48 hours.”
De Mistura’s statement came as Syrian State media accused rebels of using chlorine gas tainted munitions against the city of al-Hamdaniya.
For their part, rebels said it was government forces that had fired poison gas on another front line.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday said it had confirmed State TV and Aleppo Hospital sources which reported cases of suffocation among government fighters and civilians in two front line areas shelled by rebels.
The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies