Troops who were loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and militants under Iranian command swept into eastern Aleppo on Monday, recapturing and seizing nearly all the opposition held areas in Syria.
The seize was followed by intense bombing of houses and apartment buildings, killing so many that it was impossible to determine the death toll. The neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr, al-Kallasa, al-Farod and al-Salhin in the Old City, as well as Sheikh Saed, in the southern district, are all now under regime control.
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Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the daily beast, "Dozens of bodies reportedly litter the streets of a number of east Aleppo neighborhoods, with residents unable to retrieve them due to the intense bombardment and fear of being shot”. U.N. had reports that at least 82 civilians, including 11 women and 13 children in four neighborhoods – Bustan al-Qasr, al-Ferdous and al-Kallaseh and al-Saleheen - were killed. 20 women committed suicide to escape rape.
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Civilians were apparently crammed into whatever buildings still remain in the tiny quarters yet to be recaptured by the Assadists, but many were left outside in the streets, owing to lack of space. The Daily Beast reports that people were brutally murdered by barrel bombs dropped right where they stood.
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Activists and residents took to the social media, asking journalists to tell their story. Here are few tweets -
People bidding their final goodbyes
We hope that Syria experiences a better tomorrow soon!