Hours after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and U.S. president-elect, Donald Trump, discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called “international terrorism and extremism,” Russia launched its major offensive in Syria, according to The Guardian, UNIAN reported.
Airstrikes hit the rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo for the first time in weeks, as Russia announced the start of a major operation in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs involving its aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, The Guardian reports.
The Aleppo strikes killed at least three people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
“Regime aircraft launched strikes and dropped barrel bombs on a number of neighborhoods in the east of Aleppo for the first time since 18 October,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the monitoring group’s director.
The Russian defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said on Tuesday Russia had launched new missile strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria, using missiles and jets flying from the Admiral Kuznetsov, which made a much-publicised trip from Russia to Syria’s shores last month.
Also reported that during airstrikes in Syria three hospitals were hit in 24 hours. An air strike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo killing at least one person in the early hours of Tuesday, a day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region, a war monitor said, Reuters reported.
Jets hit Awaijel's Baghdad hospital with rockets, injuring medical staff and patients, including some who had just moved there from a hospital hit in nearby Kafrnaha on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to Reuters. The attack put the hospital in Awaijel out of service, it added.