Two days after the UN and other agencies suspended all aid delivery operations in Syria following a devastating attack on a convoy in the Aleppo province that left at least 20 dead, humanitarian operations have resumed, albeit only in territory under the control of the Assad regime.
A UN aid convoy is heading to Moadamyeh al-Sham, a suburb southwest of Damascus that surrendered to the Assad regime by rebel fighters a month ago.
While the convoy bombed by Russian and possibly regime aircraft on Monday night was delivering aid to rebel-held areas, the mission to the now-regime-held Damascus suburb is being escorted by the Russian military.
But while aid agencies are being allowed to operate under the auspices of the regime and Russian military, civilians in rebel-held territory have been subjected to devastating air strikes.
With clear disregard for yesterday’s calls from international leaders, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, for air operations to be halted, the Russian military conducted an intense bombardment of northern Syria last night.
Incendiary weapons were used extensively.
This footage is from Kafr Dael, a town about 5 kilometres outside Aleppo city:
According to the LCC, 52 people were killed yesterday n the Aleppo region, most of them in Khan Touman, with another 23 fatalities in Idlib, where the evacuees from al-Waer are being sent.
The LCC reports further Russian and regime air strikes today on Aleppo city, causing civilian casualties, as well as a renewed push against rebel fighters in the mountains of Latakia, where fierce clashes are reported.
— Pierre Vaux