Middle East

Syria TV: Rebel shelling in Aleppo kills 3 children, 1 adult

  • This still image taken from undated drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group, purports to show a damaged mosque in an Assad neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said. (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)

    This still image taken from undated drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group, purports to show a damaged mosque in an Assad neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said. (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group, purports to show a blast on the ground, apparently the result of an airstrike, in a Syrian-government controlled neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said. (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)

    This still image taken from drone footage, posted online by the communications arm of Ahrar al-Sham militant group, purports to show a blast on the ground, apparently the result of an airstrike, in a Syrian-government controlled neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counteroffensive Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, under the cover of airstrikes in an attempt to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said. (Ahrar al-Sham, militant video, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the leader of Fatah al-Sham Front, center, is seen in this picture posted by the group, discussing battlefield details with field commanders over a map. An alliance of insurgent groups, known as Army of Conquest and includes al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, said they have advanced into a district in al-Hamadaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Videos posted by the Fatah al-Sham group showed insurgents advancing into the neighborhood in tanks and other military vehicles. Writing in bottom at reads in Arabic: Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Golani inspects military development and discusses them with military commanders as part of the battle for lifting the siege off Aleppo. (Militant UGC via AP)

    Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the leader of Fatah al-Sham Front, center, is seen in this picture posted by the group, discussing battlefield details with field commanders over a map. An alliance of insurgent groups, known as Army of Conquest and includes al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, said they have advanced into a district in al-Hamadaniyeh, Aleppo, Syria on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Videos posted by the Fatah al-Sham group showed insurgents advancing into the neighborhood in tanks and other military vehicles. Writing in bottom at reads in Arabic: Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Golani inspects military development and discusses them with military commanders as part of the battle for lifting the siege off Aleppo. (Militant UGC via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian State TV says four people, including three children, have been killed and several others wounded in insurgent shelling of government-controlled western districts of Aleppo city.

The Sunday shelling comes on the third day of a rebel offensive that aims to breach a government siege on Aleppo's rebel-held eastern districts. A tight siege has been in place since July.

The fighting in western Aleppo focused on the district of Al-Assad, captured by rebels a day earlier, and another one further north.

The state TV report says the civilians were killed in four districts of western Aleppo.

A Syrian military official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, says the government is reinforcing its positions in and around the city to repel rebel advances.