The attacks, which targeted West Aleppo’s Hamdaniya district and Salah-Eddin neighborhood, lasted for hours, Gazdiev said, citing his sources on the ground.
“Today’s barrage began in the early hours of the morning, at dawn. It lasted through to midday. And that is perhaps the worst possible time, as hundreds of thousands of children and adults go to school and to work,” the RT reporter said. “The casualties at this time are always high,” he stressed.
Following the devastating shelling, Gazdiev witnessed the wounded people brought to the hospital first hand. He managed to speak to a resident who was injured, but survived the attack.
@SANAEnOfficial SANA reporter: A child killed, 15 people injured in terrorists' rocket shells targeted Salah-Eddin neighborhood in Aleppo city.
“I was in my stall talking to a customer. And I felt something hit my shoulder and neck. I saw all the people dive down and fall… There was a scream, I don’t know from where. The next moment I’m at the hospital,” he told RT.
According to the man, one of the shells hit a “vegetable and fruit market.”
Militants and terrorists standing their ground in East Aleppo have been repeatedly shelling the western part of the city, which is currently under government control. On October 18, at least three people were killed and dozens injured when the Jamiliya neighborhood was shelled.
Two days later, Russia and Syria initiated a three day humanitarian pause to give civilians and militants that wanted to leave East Aleppo safe passage out. Both Damascus and Moscow had halted their anti-terrorist airstrikes earlier. However, not a single civilian managed to get out of the besieged areas during the pause, which ended on October 22.
Gazdiev, who was at one of the special corridors created by the Syrian government and the Russian Reconciliation center, said no civilians had been let through. The same applied for the rest of the corridors, according to the UN. Instead, the “militants and terrorists shelled the crossings,” where ambulances and buses were waiting for anyone coming out of East Aleppo, Gazdiev said.
Last week, an RT crew managed to speak to people with relatives still trapped in the militant-held part of Aleppo. A woman, whose three children are living with their grandmother there, said “they are doing very badly.”
“They do not have food or drink – nothing,” she said.