Casualties reported due to government shelling east of Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria (North Press) – More than 20 people were killed and wounded on Friday due to shelling by the Syrian government forces of city center of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

An exclusive source told North Press, “The government forces targeted, with several missiles, the neighborhood of al-Raheb and the al-Khamis old market in al-Bab, causing  civilian casualties, including women and children.”

The missiles were fired by the government forces stationed in radar Shaala west of al-Bab, east of Aleppo, the source added.

The source pointed out that the missile attack claimed lives of four people and wounded more than 18 others, including cases with critical wounds who were taken to al-Bab National Hospital.

The source stressed that the attack was accompanied by a flight by reconnaissance aircrafts over the area, with ambulances travelling throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, media outlets close to the Syrian opposition pointed fingers at the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accusing them of targeting al-Bab.

Head of the SDF Media Center, Farhad Shami, denied the validity of the circulated information, pointing out that the SDF had nothing to do with these attacks.

“We believe that the attacks that targeted al-Bab are held by parties who have been trying, for days, to prevent people in the Turkish-occupied areas from expressing their anger over recent statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister about the need to bring the government and the opposition together,” Shami said.

In response to the Turkish minister’s call, cities and towns run by Turkish-backed armed Syrian opposition factions, also known as Syrian National Army (SNA), in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib witnessed mass protests, denouncing any attempts to normalize relations with the government.

Since 2017, the city of al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo has been under the control of the Turkish-backed SNA factions.

Reporting by Farouq Hamo