Militants opened fire on civilians, who were protesting against ‘local council’ of terrorists in the eastern district of Aleppo city.
Despite terror of militants, residents of the eastern districts of Aleppo do not stop their protests and attempts to break into safe areas of the city, the TASS news agency reported, citing spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“Using automatic arms, militants opened fire on protesters in Haidari district without warning. Seventeen people, including two teenagers of 13 and 15 years old, were killed at the scene; more than 40 others were wounded. Terrorists detained and took away in an unknown direction about a dozen of men, whom they considered as ‘organizers’ of the stir. At the same evening all of them were shot dead,” Konashenkov said.
According to witnesses, about 300 people gathered for the rally on Thursday in order to express their protest against the ‘local council’ of militants.
“During the unrest, they tried to break through the Bustan al-Qasr checkpoint. Militants broke up the demonstration, firing on protesters from a heavy machine gun, and then mined all approaches to the checkpoint and placed snipers on roofs of nearby houses,” representative of the Russian Defense Ministry added.