BEIRUT: A regime warplane killed 16 people, half of them children, in a strike on the city of Manbij in the northern province of Aleppo yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The strike came as the watchdog reported seven people killed in air raids on the Aleppo city of Al-Bab, and similar strikes hit Aazaz, only seven kilometres south of neighbouring Turkey, where a Patriot missile battery went operational yesterday.
Video footage filmed by an activist and posted on YouTube showed scenes of pandemonium in Manbij, as dozens of men rushed to the bombed out ground floors of multi-storey buildings to dig out people buried beneath. A grief-stricken woman wailed as she stumbled from the scene holding her child. A man, his jacket covered in dust, screamed as he ran away carrying a child covered in blood while another bolted past holding a toddler with an ash-covered face. “Bashar is a dog! Bashar is a dog!” shouted a young man facing the camera. AFP