Syrian civilians trapped in the besieged city of
Aleppo have made desperate pleas for help,
warplanes pummelled rebel-held areas and
deteriorating security conditions left two million
people without access to safe drinking water.
Residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo said
“ferocious bombardment” by Syrian and Russian
jets on Saturday had levelled neighbourhoods and
killed at least 91 civilians.
“We don’t have the equipment to pull the corpses
out,” a resident said, standing on the rubble of a
destroyed building in the city’s al-Bab district.
Describing the horror around him, he said an
entire family was killed in a strike, with several
people still lying under the debris.
“We are trying to help the injured, those who
survived … but the situation is catastrophic.
Destruction and death, everywhere around us. It
seems that the Russians and the regime have been
given a green light to slaughter us all. As if
starving the people here was not enough – it’s now
Speaking to Al Jazeera late on Saturday, Abdulkafi
al-Hamdo, a professor at the University of Aleppo,
said that residents were expecting another night of
“What we are suffering can’t be expressed by
words in any language,” he said.
“We don’t have water to give our children …
[Rescuers] can’t help people anymore and the
roads have been cut off by rubble. In the hospitals,
there are three-four people on one bed, even in the
intensive care units.”
Another resident from the al-Mashhad district
pleaded with the international community to save
the more than 250,000 civilians stuck in besieged
areas as air raids continued to flatten civilian
“We urge all honourable people around the world,
please, we beg you, come to our aid; save us,” he