Twitter Users Decry Regime, Russian Massacre in Aleppo as 17 Reported Dead

“There is a massacre in Aleppo” hashtag circulated by Turkish social media users as Assad and Russian bombardment of northern city intensifies

Turkish activists took to Twitter over the weekend to draw attention to the massacre of civilians in rebel-held districts of Aleppo by Syrian regime and and Russian warplanes on Sunday.

The civil defense administration in Aleppo said that death toll today in various areas of Aleppo up to 3:00 pm Damascus time had reached 17, including five who had died in the Al-Halak district alone. It added seven had also died a short while ago in the Bustan al-Basha district.

The civil defense said that the bombardment employed vacuum bombs, cluster bombs, phosphorous and barrel bombs, adding that its workers were still pulling victims from under the rubble, which made the toll of dead and wounded likely to rise in the coming hours.

The hashtag #HalepteKatliamVar, (“There is a massacre in Aleppo”) was circulated on Twitter as tens of thousands of Turkish users interacted with the horrific images and videos which reflect the tragic situation in Syria. The number of tweets on the hashtag reached about 47,000 within hours of its launch.

Twitter users posted images of the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, alongside images of a number of victims buried under the rubble during the air bombardment.

Syrian and Arab activists also circulated over the last few hours the hashtag #HolocaustAleppo to show the dozens of massacres carried out in the city since the collapse of the ceasefire, the most violent attack on the city in northern Syria since the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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