World War III Update: With end of ceasefire, Russia & Syria resume bombing Aleppo, 11 dead in air strike using parachute bombs

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People walk near rubble of damaged buildings in a rebel-held besieged area in Aleppo, Syria November 6, 2016. Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

As expected, Russia resumed bombing of Aleppo after the ceasefire extended by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Nov 4 ended. The Saturday air strike, seen as the final assault in the northwestern part of the war-torn , killed 11 civilians and injured 25 people.

Russian warplanes used parachute mines to strike the towns of Atarib and Darat Izzah as well as Ibbin Village which killed women and children. UAToday reports that civil defense teams rescued Aleppo residents buried under collapsed building and found several dead bodies. The air strikes damaged or flattened several structures in the two Syrian towns.

Besides Russian jets, Syrian warplanes likewise resumed the bombing of Aleppo on Saturday night, likely bringing up the number of casualties of the five-year-old civil war. Hours after the ceasefire ended on Friday, the Syrian Arab Air Force also launched attacks on the city.

Unconfirmed reports say the attack on Al Atareb, a town that is part of the Western Aleppo Governorate, allegedly used cluster bombs which are prohibited under international war treaties, Daily Mail reports.

Among the victims of the Saturday shelling is a five-year-old girl named Nada Al Sayyed. She is one of the 200,000 residents who refused to leave during the 17-day ceasefire through six corridors identified by the Syrian government as safe passageways. However, civilians as well as rebels – given two different corridors to leave Aleppo – refused to leave the place for fear of being ambushed while attempting to leave the city.

However, Walid Mouallem, Syrian foreign minister, insists there are no civilian deaths from the Syrian Air Force bombings of Aleppo on Monday in a press conference in Damascus. He accuses western media of hysteria over Aleppo and reporting based on lies and wrong information, The Telegraph reports.

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