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‘At least 8 children dead’ as Christian neighbourhoods attacked in Aleppo


Christian and Kurdish neighbourhoods in Aleppo have come under attack and a number of children have been killed as Syria continues to struggle with intensified fighting, more than five years into its civil war.

On Monday the Christian neighbourhood of Sulaymaniyah in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria and populated mainly by Armenians and Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs, was attacked.

A Demand for Action (ADFA), a group working for the protection of minorities in the Middle East, said in an update on Facebook that Sulaymaniyah came under fire from “terrorists”.

“It was only weeks after photos had been circulated all over the world, depicting the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II celebrating with the inhabitants of Aleppo, that Christians were finally safe. Now, they are under heavy attack again. Many children were killed today,” ADFA said.

It posted a video clip by Inews, in which Aleppo residents “are begging the world not to forget them. They cry out: ‘They want to exterminate us. Enough is enough. We have been forgotten, why… why… we are begging…'”

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