A market in Aleppo, Syria has become the latest target for the Syrian Air Force. 27 people were killed today after the Syrian Air Force launched their most recent attack, according to AFP. Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called for action against the bombardments carried out by the Syrian Air Force.
The active bombing by the Asad regime is part of a concerted effort, which began in December, 2013, in order to drive rebel groups away from areas near the province of Aleppo. The current assault has left hundreds dead, an overwhelming amount of these individuals are civilians. The bombardment has also forced thousands of Syrians to flee Aleppo.
The fighting between rebel groups, and the Asad regime has killed close to 150,000 people, including 7,000 children. Included in this death toll is the recent killing of a Dutch priest on April 7, 2014, by an unidentified gunman. The priest had refused to leave the city of Homs, and had become a symbol in Syria as a stand against the Asad regime.
While the Syrian Air Force remains active from above, the Asad regime has repeated its call for countrywide elections set for June 3, 2014. It is highly unlikely that the fighting will pause over the next two months as Syria’s election day nears. Meanwhile, the UN Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has released a statement saying that 92.5% of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile has now been turned over.