Syria's Aleppo reels from air strikes, UN chief 'appalled'

A Syrian boy awaits treatment at a make-shift hospital following air strikes on rebel-held eastern areas of AleppoResidents in Syria’s battleground city of Aleppo cowered indoors Saturday as fierce air strikes toppled buildings and killed at least 45 civilians, after diplomatic efforts to revive a ceasefire failed. Nearly two million civilians were left without water in the devastated northern city after regime bombardment damaged a pumping station and rebels shut down another in retaliation, the United Nations said. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled by the chilling military escalation” since the Syrian army on Thursday announced the launch of an offensive backed by Russian air raids to oust rebels from eastern Aleppo that has cost around 100 lives.

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