70,000 Syrians fled the southern parts of Aleppo due to Russian air strikes

At least 70,000 Syrians fled the southern parts of Aleppo due to the Syrian government offensive with Russian air strikes on rebels, according to Dr Zaidoun al-Zoabi, the head of the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations.

Dr. al-Zoabi said that several villages he had visited were empty and he saw thousands of people have fled without shelters or medical supports.

“The shelling is so fierce. The sky was filled with jet fighters, with helicopters, and people are terribly scared. They are scared to death,” he said.

Aside from the southern parts of Aleppo, Russian airstrikes mostly took place in the countryside, north of the province of Latakia and north of the cities of Homs and Hama.

Iran is also working with Syria and Russia by providing ground troops.

Aleppo is approximately 50km (30 miles) from the border with Turkey. The city used to be Syria’s centre of industry and commercial has been divided in half since 2012.

The western side has been controlled by the government and the eastern side by the rebels.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned European leaders on Sunday that the attacks in the southern parts of Aleppo could cause another wave of refugees.