Syrian state media say a building collapsed in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 10 people, including a child
BEIRUT — A building in a neighborhood in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo collapsed early Sunday, killing at least 10 people, including a child, Syrian state media reported.
The five-story building housing about 30 people in the Sheikh Maksoud district under the control of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces collapsed overnight, according to the report. Water leaks had weakened the structure’s foundation, it said.
Dozens of firefighters, first responders and residents under the rubble and dust searched through the rubble for the remaining residents with drills and a bulldozer.
Some of the tenants’ relatives waited anxiously nearby, while others mourned at the entrance of a nearby hospital as the bodies arrived in ambulances and on the back of trucks.
Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas of Syria, reported that seven people were killed and three injured, two of them critical.
Many buildings in Aleppo have been destroyed or damaged during Syria’s 11-year conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half of the pre-war country’s 23 million population.
Although the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad has recaptured the city of Aleppo from armed opposition groups, Sheikh Maksoud is among a number of neighborhoods under the control of Kurdish forces.
Aleppo is Syria’s largest city and was once its commercial center.