UN 'extremely' concerned for children in Syria's Aleppo

This assault is a counteroffensive from the Syrian regime forces and Russian allies after moves by rebel forces trying to break the government's siege that has choked their region. There, however, there were allegations that five were killed and eight suffered breathing difficulties in that attack.

"The fighting over the past 24 hours is part of an intense back and forth fight between the Syrian government and the opposition over the past several days", Sayah said. "As soon as there is real headway in fighting terrorists, made by the Syrian government and army with our support, the Americans started... demanding that we stop fighting terrorists", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA-Novosti agency.

The latest reports from the area are that the government, backed by Russian jets, has regained some ground. An estimated 300,000 civilians, a third of them children, are trapped there along with rebel fighters.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's parliament, urged the U.N.to help in letting those people get out of Aleppo's rebel-held areas through already identified crossing points.

Middle East Eye also exclusively reported last week that four newborn babies were killed after a recent triple air strike hit eastern Aleppo's last children's hospital, which is run by a group of Syrian doctors.

"Each of these assaults constitutes a war crime", Widney Brown, PHR's director of programs, said.

Jan Egeland, an adviser to U.N.'s special envoy to Syria, says only 40 percent of planned humanitarian relief was delivered in June and July.

Average scores for area hospitals
Havasu Regional Medical Center received ratings below the national average in re-admission rates, and "patient experience". NCH Healthcare System also announced earlier this month that it had earned three stars for its two Naples hospitals.

They are seeking to capture the southwestern district of Ramussa in a bid to cut off government forces and open a new route into the city for rebels.

A similar alleged attack overnight in a residential area of Saraqib injured over 20 people when chlorine gas was reportedly dumped from a helicopter.

"The Russian raids didn't stop all night on the front lines" there, said observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Aleppo is 50 kilometers northeast of Saraqeb.

Jabhat Fatah Al Sham said it believed the attack was carried out by government forces in retaliation for the downing of a Russian helicopter on Monday, an attack that killed five. There is absolutely no reason for any other side to use such an amateur weapon as chlorine, he adds.

Aleppo is Syria's second biggest city and has been divided since 2012.

  • Sonia Alvarado