Forces loyal to Assad operated out of Aleppo’s Carlton Hotel, according to reports. Islamist rebels claim responsibility for the bombing.
As peace talks resume in Geneva, the Syrian city of Aleppo is facing a relentless assault from oil drums stuffed with explosives and metal shards and dropped from the sky. “We never know when the barrels are coming.”
Molhem Barakat was a freelance photographer for Reuters covering the fighting in Aleppo.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that between 14 and 28 children were killed when the Syrian army bombed the ancient city of Aleppo with barrel bombs on Sunday.
United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said France and Britain sent a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday asking for an investigation of three alleged chemical weapons attacks inside Syria.
President Bashar al-Assad accused rebels of a deadly chemical weapons missile attack on Tuesday. Rebels rebuffed the claims and blamed the regime. At least 25 people died and more than 110 others were injured in the town of Khan al-Asal, Syrian state media said.
A graphic video posted on YouTube purports to show an attack on a group of protesters in Syria on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The UN believes as many as 60,000 individuals have been killed in Syria since March 2011.
Videos and tweets seem to show the opposition forces overtaking Assad’s forces in the city.