This is the dramatic moment a Syrian army missile strikes against an Islamic State (ISIS) sniper in the country’s northern city of Aleppo.
The loan gunman was hiding in an abandoned building when the missile was fired. On impact, it exploded into a fireball, blowing the man to pieces.
Aleppo, Syria’s second city, has for months been fragmented into areas controlled by government forces, ISIS and other rebel opposition groups.
Earlier this year, the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces and Iranian-supported militias, launched a major offensive to free Aleppo from the stranglehold of ISIS militants and other rebel organisations.
Last week, the president of Aleppo’s City Council, Brita Haji Hassan, told The Guardian: “We have had massacres on a daily basis for six or seven days.”
A truce was supposed to be in place in the city since last Thursday, but deadly clashes in Aleppo and other areas of the country have killed at least 300 people.
Earlier this week, Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria’s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday.
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The cessation of hostilities brokered by the US and Russia now hangs by a thread, with the Syrian army continuing to target ISIS militants and other rebel groups opposed to beleaguered president Basha Al-Assad.
Last month, more than 50 people perished in the bombing of Al Quds hospital, which was supported by Medicens Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
In a statement MSF said: “This devastating attack has destroyed a vital hospital in Aleppo, and the main referral centre for paediatric care in the area.
“Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?”
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 391 civilians and about 4200 members from the “Islamic state” are among the almost 4800 killed by the International Coalition’s warplanes during 19 months of airstrikes on Syria.
Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011 at least 200,000 people have lost their lives while millions have had to flee their homes.