At Least Seven Killed In Attack On Sheikh Maqsoud, Says Monitor

At Least Seven Killed In Attack On Sheikh Maqsoud, Says Monitor

An attack on the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo killed at least seven and wounded more than 40 on Saturday (June 18), according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as cited by Reuters.

Rebel shelling hit the neighborhood, which is held by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), on Saturday morning.

Russia’s initiative of a 48-hour ceasefire which began on Thursday (June 16) in the city has had little effect on the violence and shelling, fighting and air strikes have continued.

Rebels have stated in the past that attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud were in reaction to YPG efforts to cut the Castello road, which is next to the district and the only way to enter and exit the rebel-held parts of the northern city, according to Reuters.

Sheikh Maqsoud has come under heavy bombardment since mid-February, which the Observatory says has killed more than 132 civilians and injured about 900.