Al Jazeera: Civilian deaths mount after Syrian regime loses ground
Aleppo faces intensified aerial bombardment after Syrian regime and loyalists lose strategic ground, activists say.
More than 500 Syrian civilians have been killed in a single week, mostly in government and Russian air raids and shelling, across several cities in the war-torn country.
Casualty figures released on Saturday by the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a grassroots network of activists in Syria, recorded 508 civilians killed between August 13 and August 19, including 96 children and 73 women.
Most of the deaths occurred in Russian and Syrian aerial bombardment across Aleppo, Idlib, Damascus, and Hama, according to the LCC.
In the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and its suburbs, at least 205 of the total 508 were killed in shelling of the city's previously-besieged eastern neighbourhoods, and in clashes with Assad forces in the battle to break the siege. Deaths were also reported from landmines left by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group around the town of Manbij.
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