Aleppo bombings (April–July 2016)

The Aleppo bombings (April–July 2016) were intense bombardments on both rebel and government-held areas in the city of Aleppo, Syria starting in late April 2016. Some rebel shelling also hit a Kurdish-held part of the city. The bombings decreased in intensity after 55 days when a temporary truce was established.[3] However, the bombings continued through July.[1]

Aleppo bombings (April–July 2016)
Part of the Battle of Aleppo (2012–2016)
Location of Aleppo within Syria
LocationAleppo, Syria
Coordinates36°13′N 37°10′E
Date22 April – 18 July 2016 (2 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
TargetMilitary and civilians
Attack type
Airstrikes and bombardments
WeaponsAerial bombs, rockets, artillery and chemical weapons
  • 525 killed by government airstrikes and shelling (SOHR claim)[1]
  • 416 killed by rebel bombardment[1][2]

The attacks

Al-Quds Hospital

On early 28 April 2016, the Médecins Sans Frontières and ICRC-supported al-Quds hospital in opposition-controlled Aleppo was hit by 4 consecutive airstrikes, allegedly destroying the building and killing between 14 and more than 50 people, including two doctors, one of which is a paediatrician, and 3 children.[4] The US State Department indicated that the Syrian government is responsible for the attack.[5]

Malla Khan mosque

On 29 April, the Malla Khan mosque in a government-controlled neighborhood was hit by rockets, killing at least 15 people. The Syrian government reported that the Syrian rebels are behind the attack.[6]

Al-Dabit hospital

On 3 May the Syrian rebels fired rockets at government territory and killed 19 people. The rockets hit a hospital and killed 3 and wounded 17, according to government sources.[7]

Alleged chemical attacks

On 2 August, Russia claimed that the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement bombed with chemical weapons the government held areas of Aleppo, inflicting losses in civilian population.[2]



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