In Syria’s battered Aleppo, ongoing airstrikes defy international outrage

The battered Syrian city of Aleppo faced another wave of airstrikes and shelling Friday, activists said, damaging a clinic and other sites after an earlier air blitz left dozens dead including patients and staff members at a main hospital.

The attacks further eroded efforts to rebuild a cease-fire effort, and halt what a U.N. envoy described as a “catastrophic” slide toward even more bloodshed and humanitarian misery.

At least 123 people have been killed in the past week in Aleppo from air strikes and barrages, said a Britain-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian officials have not given details of the apparent offensive on Aleppo, the nation’s largest city and a strategic prize for both the government and rebel forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad.

But the Syrian air force — backed by Russia — has stepped up raids in Aleppo in recent days, striking civilians and rebel factions in what some Syrians fear is a prelude to a wider push seeking to reclaim full control of the city. On Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry denied that the Kremlin had launched any

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