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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers walk past damaged buildings after airstrikes hit in Abian Saman town, in rural western Aleppo province, Syria, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Despite a halt in airstrikes in eastern Aleppo city, there has been an intense aerial bombing campaign in the western Aleppo countryside and nearby Idlib province. Rebels say the strikes are an attempt to sever the supply lines of the rebels, waging an offensive on government-held western Aleppo. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

This is what walking home from school is like in bomb-ravaged Aleppo


This is what walking home from school is like in bomb-ravaged Aleppo

WATCH  |  For the second day, warplanes hammered parts of rebel-held Aleppo, damaging a children's hospital while patients and staff scrambled to find shelter in the basement.  

Hit 10 times by barrel bombs 

After nearly four weeks of relative calm in the besieged city, warplanes resumed strikes across northern Syria. According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 29 civilians died on Wednesday, including children.

In the Al-Shaar neighborhood, barrel bombs struck a children’s hospital and blood bank donation center. The children's hospital, which activists say was struck 10 times, was one of the few functioning hospitals left in the city. 

The children, they [sometimes] laugh. They are used to it.
Wissam Zarqa

The new normal for Syria's children 

Wissam Zarqa, a schoolteacher in Aleppo, told Circa via text message that the children have become desensitized to the constant bombings.

4 شهداء و 15 جريح جراء إلقاء الطائرات الحربية أربع صواريخ مظلية على حي الصالحين 15-11-2016

WATCH  | Activists with the Aleppo Media Center captured this dramatic video, in which a young girl is pulled from the rubble in Aleppo. 

Russia denies involvement 

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, acknowledged his forces launched a new offensive in rebel-held areas of Idlib and Homs provinces, but denied involvement in Aleppo. 

The airstrikes began just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump discussed the need to fight international terrorism in Syria over the phone. 

We leave our homes in the morning and we know we might not come back.
Dr. Abu-Rajab to Circa in September 2016

Hospitals become targets 

According to the Syrian American Medical Society, in the past five days there have been 13 attacks on Syrian medical facilities.

The situation has become so dire that many hospitals have moved their facilities underground. 

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