MOSCOW, Nov. 19 (Press Shia) – Militants in various parts of eastern Aleppo have opened fire at civilians, killing over a dozen people and injuring more than 40, after demonstrations broke out in the city, spokesperson of the Russian Defense Ministry Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

On Thursday, residents of eastern Aleppo held protests in the city, which the militants suppressed by opening fire at the civilians.

“The militants dispersed the demonstration, shooting at the protesting from a heavy machine gun and then mined all the approaches to the checkpoint and placed snipers on the roofs of nearby houses,” Konashenkov said describing one of the incidents, involving about 300 civilians.

In a different area, about 200 civilians were demonstrating and trying to make way to a territory controlled by Syrian government forces. The militants opened fire at the demonstrators.

“Seventeen people died at the site, including two teenagers of 13 and 15 years of age, over 40 people were wounded,” Konashenkov said.

He added that the militants detained about 10 men whom they deemed responsible for organizing the demonstrations and then killed all of them. 

“The terrorists detained and drove away in an unknown direction with about 10 men, who they thought were the ‘organizers’ of the turmoil. That same evening all of them were shot,” Konashenkov said.


SPUTNIK/Press Shia