At least 16 people, including a child, have been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. This is the result of the collapse of a residential building on Sunday morning.
The five-story building, which housed about 30 people, was in the Sheikh Maksoud district controlled by the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, the AP reported.
Dozens of firefighters, paramedics and residents covered in dust and debris searched the ruins for survivors using drones and a bulldozer.
What was the cause of the disaster?
Water leaks that weakened the foundations of the structure were cited as the cause of the disaster. It is one of many buildings that have collapsed in recent years in Aleppo, which suffered intense Russian and Syrian – regime – air bombardments during the 11-year conflict that killed hundreds of thousands.
The AP agency explains that although the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad has recaptured Aleppo from armed opposition groups, Sheikh Maksoud is among the districts controlled by Kurdish forces. The opposition accused the president of shutting down services in neighborhoods where an insurgency had broken out against him in order to punish residents.
Renovation work on war-damaged buildings is in many cases carried out and paid for by the local population. The government explains the slow recovery to the ongoing war and Western sanctions.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Syria, which has so far claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 people. casualties and in which, over time, other countries also became militarily involved. Half of Syria’s 20 million inhabitants have been displaced from their homes. More than 5 million of them have fled abroad, mainly to neighboring countries.
Main photo source: EPA/AHMED MARDNLI