(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The Syrian city of Aleppo, once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, has suffered one of the most brutal attacks since the start of that country’s uprising. Government helicopters dropped “barrel bombs” -- large containers filled with explosives, shrapnel and incendiary materials -- on several civilian neighborhoods throughout the city in the past three days.
At least 76 people have been killed, including 28 children, according to international aid workers on the scene. The wounded have overwhelmed Aleppo’s hospitals. “It’s literally impossible to take care of everything,” Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, a coordinator with Doctors Without Borders, told ABC News on Tuesday. “This is clearly targeting concentrations of civilians.”
Aleppo is now in ruins, and those remaining after more than two years of a grinding war are trapped.
On one side stands the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad, and on the other, rebel forces now dominated by extreme jihadists who desire to establish an Islamic state.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he still believes peace talks can be held next month in Geneva, part of the long, and so far failed, effort by the U.S. to stop the carnage.
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