338 People were Killed by Bombings in Aleppo this Week

by Justin Salhani –

More than 100 were kids.

aleppo in ruins

The indiscriminate bombing of the rebel-held part of Aleppo by Syrian and Russian air forces continued this week. According to the World Health Organization, 338 people were killed in the attacks this week, including 0ver 100 children.

The death toll is expected to rise even further. Another 846 are wounded, including 261 children, and with attacks on multiple hospitals in recent months perpetrated by the Russians and Syrian government, treatment is hard to come by. Only 35 doctors are left in the city.

In addition to hospitals, the Russians and the Syrian government have also been accused of bombing schools, marketplaces, and other basic infrastructure by international monitoring groups, without taking civilian casualties into account. Rebels told the New York Times the local water plant was hit on Friday.

Russia was accused of committing war crimes in Syria by the UN Security Council last week. The United States and Russia brokered a ceasefire in Syria last month. The ceasefire was intended to stop fighting so aid could be delivered to besieged areas of the country, and to build trust between the U.S. and Russia so the two countries could coordinate attacks against ISIS and Jabhat Fateh ash-Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front).

But the United States is reconsidering its agreement with Russia in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press conference on Thursday.

“We are on the verge of suspending the discussion [with Russia] because it’s irrational in the context in the kind of bombing taking place to be sitting there and trying to take things seriously,” Kerry said. “There’s no notion or indication of the seriousness of purpose with what is taking place right now.”

More than 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, out of a total population the CIA factbook estimates at 17.2 million as of July 2016 (before the war, the population of Syria was around 22 million). Over 430,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the war, 4.8 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, according to World Vision.

The United States accepted 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said recently the U.S. should accept many more, up to 65,000 refugees from Syria, while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has warned against accepting refugees at all — falsely connecting them to attacks in Brussels and Paris over the last year — and has called for a total ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress