What you need to know about the Russian airstrikes against the Syrian city of Aleppo

OPERATIONAL BATTLEFIELD: Russian jets hit Aleppo, Syria, in an attempt to dislodge rebels from the city.

The U.S. is leading the fight against the militants.

Here are some key takeaways from the operation: Russian aircraft bombed a convoy of vehicles carrying humanitarian aid.

The convoy was heading to the northern city of Latakia, which has been under rebel control for weeks.

A group of U.N. monitors and aid workers were inside the convoy, which was traveling through government-controlled territory.

Russian warplanes fired on the convoy.

It took off, and the vehicles fell back.

Russian airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

They say the convoy was carrying food and water to civilians in northern Aleppo, as well as medicine and medical supplies to the war-ravaged city.

Russian planes hit the convoy of civilians.

It dropped a bomb on a car, killing one of the drivers.

The driver of the car survived.

The vehicle then was hit by a Russian fighter jet.

It was hit and a civilian was killed.

Russian fighter jets targeted an oil pipeline in the city of Hama.

It is the first time Russian jets have attacked a pipeline in Syria.

It has killed dozens of civilians and injured hundreds of others.

Russia said its aircraft also bombed a hospital in Idlib province, a rebel stronghold.

It said in a statement it had struck a vehicle transporting medical supplies and equipment.

It hit a vehicle carrying medical supplies, causing the driver of that vehicle to die.

Russian jets attacked a hospital.

It killed three doctors and wounded several others.

The attack killed one of them, said the Observatory.

The Observatory said a rebel fighter was killed when a Russian jet struck his vehicle with a missile, killing him.

The statement did not mention the hospital, or the strike that killed him.

Russian and Syrian jets targeted a military convoy in Latakia.

It targeted an army unit, but did not hit any fighters or military vehicles.

Russian forces also hit a military training center in the town of Bashiqa, according the Observatory, killing an unidentified person and wounding dozens of others in the process.

The Russian airstrikes also targeted a hospital and a military school in the area of the al-Zahraa military airport, the Observatory said.

Russia also struck a military airport in the province of Idlib, killing and wounding more than 100 people, including civilians, the observatory said.

Syrian forces are also battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Aleppo, which they seized from government forces in August.

The group is also battling rebels in the country’s northwestern city of Idlib.

The Russians say they have conducted air strikes against ISIL in northern Syria since November, according U.k.-based activist group Airwars.

Russian aircraft also targeted the headquarters of a group affiliated with ISIL in the countryside of Aleppo on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring six.

It came just days after Russian jets struck the same facility in Idlib that killed at least two people and wounded another, according Airwers.

The city’s provincial governor said that Russia had bombed the group’s headquarters and wounded at least three civilians.

Russia’s actions in Syria have been widely condemned by the international community.


Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Russia to stop bombing Aleppo, and said Monday that the country would not tolerate Russian aggression.

Russia has repeatedly said it is targeting only ISIL and has never targeted civilians.

A U.s.-led coalition, which includes Turkey and the United States, launched an air campaign against ISIL militants in Syria last year to support President Bashar al-Assad.

It also supports a U.m.-led U.-backed government push to retake territory in northern and western Syria from ISIL.

Russia says it has hit a number of ISIL targets in Syria, including military targets and weapons caches.

It says the strikes are intended to target ISIL and its allies.



Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that Russia has committed war crimes by targeting civilians and that it has violated the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions.

The strikes are in violation of the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will have a devastating impact on the people of Syria, Tillerson said in response to a question about Russia’s military intervention.

Russia is also fighting in Syria with the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen fighters that includes some Syrian Kurds, U.a.n., the U.-backed Syrian Democratic Coalition and the Turkish-backed Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party.

A Russian fighter aircraft is pictured flying over Aleppo, Turkey, in this still image taken from video released by Russia’s Defense Ministry on April 24, 2017.

The United States and Russia have long argued that they have a common interest in combating ISIL.

The two countries fought a major U. s-led air campaign