'Covered in his own blood, his hands mangled, Ahmed Jamili begged the doctors not to cut up his clothes. The child, 9, was just one of the victims as the Syrian government pounded rebel strongholds with hundreds of air strikes.
"My dad only bought them [the clothes] yesterday," Ahmed sobbed. "Please don't cut my clothes."
He had been playing outside in the rebel-held district of Al-Sakhour in Aleppo when government war planes dropped their bombs. His two brothers were killed. A building close by collapsed entirely.
Civil Defence volunteers said that in 48 hours, Syrian government forces launched more than 700 air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo city, and across the province. It is part of a concerted government assault on some of the last major rebel strongholds: Aleppo, Homs and Daraya. There has been a high civilian toll, with many children and babies among the dead and injured.
Aid groups said suffering in Daraya is compounded by the refusal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces to let aid convoys into the city. The United Nations said it may not be able to go ahead with planned aid drops, saying it would be too dangerous without the Syrian government's cooperation.'