The western outskirts of the city of Aleppo have been witnessing violent clashes between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition groups since midnight, while the Russian warplanes are conducting strikes on areas in Aleppo and Idlib countryside.
Violent clashes have been going on since midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition groups, which are positioned in al-Lairamoun roundabout, al-Rashideen neighborhood, and al-Buhouth al-Ilmiya.
The clashes continued for more than 5 hours, which led to the withdrawal of the armed groups from the axis of al-Lairamoun roundabout, after many casualties among them. Since the dawn of this morning, the Russian warplanes launched heavy raids on the areas of al-Rashideen and al-Buhouth al-Ilmiya and al-Lairamoun roundabout in the northwest of Aleppo, which lasted for two hours and led to the formation of black smokes that covered the sky of western Aleppo.
A local source in al-Zahraa neighborhood, west of Aleppo, told North-Press that people left the neighborhood after the intensive clashes that were carried out last night. While the heavy sounds of the artillery shelling of the Syrian forces are still being heard since the morning.
In Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the Russian warplanes launched raids after midnight Wednesday - Thursday on the village of Yousef and the village of Arnaba in Jabal al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, killing 3 persons from one family (a woman and two children).
The Syrian government forces bombed areas in Kafr Naha, Mansoura, Khan al-Asal and al-Rashideen in western Aleppo countryside, as well as the Syrian warplanes targeted by heavy machine guns the positions of the armed opposition groups in Khan Assubul and Babila in Idlib countryside.
In a related context, the United Nations announced yesterday, on Wednesday, that more than 1,500 civilians, including 430 children and 290 women have been killed in Idlib and the surrounding areas since last April.
The Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Eri Kaneko told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York: "About 358,000 people in Idlib have been displaced in the past two months."
Kaneko renewed the U.N. calls for all parties, and for the influential parties to ensure the protection of civilians and the infrastructure, in line with their obligations under the international humanitarian law.