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 bombsAfter 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.
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.
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.
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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