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A government-controlled area in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo has been hit by rebel mortar shells. At least seven children came under fire, five of them were killed. An RT crew has been reporting from the local hospital.
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A mortar shell landed right next to a bus station in the government-controlled al-Hamadaneyah neighbourhood of Aleppo, RT’s Murad Gazdiev reported from the Al Razi hospital, where the victims have been brought.

A total of at least seven children and one adult were hit. Two girls, identified as Lama and Maria, died instantly, as they were closest to the spot the shell hit. The others were taken to the hospital.


“They were in the same class. They went to school together every day,” Murad wrote on Twitter.


At least three more children died of their wounds.


Al-Hamadaneyah neighbourhood has often been targeted by rebel fire, with doctors at Al-Razi telling RT crew it has been overcrowded with the injured and on the brink of its capacity to provide emergency care and painkillers. Al-Razi is one of two hospitals in Western Aleppo equipped with emergency rooms.

Mortar victims are brought here. We might have 15 people brought to the emergency room in less than an hour,” Doctor Mouhammad told RT.

It’s hard psychologically on the doctors. The stress, the workload, the tension – they all take their toll,” he added.

While filming at the hospital, the RT crew saw the appalling aftermath of indiscriminate fire in Western Aleppo. Ten-year-old boy Hassan, born deaf and mute, lost a foot in shelling two days ago, but survived.

The day before yesterday he was playing with other boys in al-Hamadaneyah area when the shell landed there,” one of Hassan’s relatives explained.

One of the boys was torn apart completely and my nephew had his foot blown off.

5-yr-old Taseem. Parents brought her in with her intestines hanging out, after she “torn open” in rebel shelling of . She’s stable.

Another child, a five-year-old girl named Tasmeem, was hit by a piece of shrapnel from a shell that landed in Western Aleppo on Wednesday. She was brought to the hospital with her intestines hanging out. Doctors have been operating on her, saying she is stable for now.

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